Posted by: rstor | October 14, 2015

Returning to Riding After a Break


Are you thinking about returning to riding after a break, or a period of not owning a horse?

Whether you chose to have a break from horses due to work commitments, pregnancy, family commitments or after suffering a fall or accident, the first step is to find out what is best for you, so your return to the saddle is as seamless as possible. This may be choosing the right horse, finding the right riding centre, or taking a refresher programme selecting exactly what you need as an individual; an important part of safely ‘taking back the reins’.

Fit for purpose

It may be wise to undertake some basic fitness exercises and techniques, such as going for walks, joining the gym or swimming, before getting back in the saddle; consider something like yoga or pilates, if you are in need of some gentle suppling. Of course, horse riding is a great way to stay in shape in itself. So if you are looking to get fit and exercise whilst having fun, you will find that horse riding strengthens your core musculature whilst toning the tum, bum and legs and arms during what could be a good cardiovascular workout.

Nonetheless, despite your excitement about taking up riding again, it is important to take safety precautions. Up to standard helmets should always be worn, while a body protector conforming to appropriate BETA standards is a highly useful piece of kit, if you are feeling rusty; the RS-tor can also be a fabulous tool in “getting a handle” of getting back in the saddle. The RS-tor is a safety device used to reduce the risk factors for falls. The handy, innovative design allows you to simply hook and attach the harness onto the stirrup bar of the saddle, replacing the stirrup leathers over the top, providing you with an unobtrusive strap to hold with your reins – an elasticated bungee element absorbs the movement if you’re unseated, thus limiting the risk of falling. See our main site: .

Top Tips for Getting Back in the Saddle Safely

  • Never feel pressurised to do something you are worried about, or are unconfident to complete.
  • Ride out on the road in experienced company, and always wear high visibility gear, whatever the weather.
  • Complete some simple stretching exercises before and after riding, such as reaching up towards the ceiling, or stretching down to touch your toes. Flexibility and strength reduce the risk factors for falls.

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