1. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    I never realized someone who rides horses needs to exercise to stay in good condition, especially never thought about needing strong flexible ankles when doing equestrian activities.

    Its great you learned this to help with mobility and your photographs of your horse are just beautiful. Such a fine looking horse, what breed of horse is that and are there certain breeds people use for this sport?

    • Martina

      Hey there!

      Actually yeah I’ve noticed that many people don’t realize the athleticism you need to horseback ride well. It’s actually much more physically challenging and draining than it looks once you get to more advanced riding – of course a trail ride isn’t going to exert anyone!

      That’s a lipizzaner – they are mostly used for dressage. And for English riding there are several types of horses people use. For hunter/jumper I would say often quarter horses, thoroughbreds and morgans are used although there are plenty of other breeds as well. For dressage, fresians, quarter horses and lipizzaners are used but again there’s plenty of other breeds!

  2. Niccolea (Nick-cole-yah)

    I haven’t ridden since I was a teenager so I hadn’t even thought about ankle mobility. (except when I’m wearing high heels! :-P)

    Even though I don’t get many opportunities to ride, I am definitely going to try these exercises since I work a job on my feet for – 5-7 hours at a time. I don’t have weights so I guess only 1 and 2 will work for me.

    I like how thorough you are in the descriptions. Very important when dealing with the body to do the exercises correctly.

    How long do you think it would take to see results with these?

    • Martina

      Hey Niccolea!

      Thank you for your feedback – I’m happy you like the descriptions. And it really depends how stiff your ankles are. The stiffer they are the longer it will take. I would say you’ll see results within a week if you do these excercises like 3 times and slow progression afterwards until you reach the point that you would like!

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