This article demonstrates the benefit of both physiotherapy and Pilates to the dressage rider in a sport where the rider’s position can dramatically affect the outcome of how the horse performs. It emphasises the demands on both horse and rider and how important it is that they work in synergy. The article highlights some important common musculoskeletal issues that dressage riders demonstrate as well as physiotherapy techniques and Pilates exercises that help in rider body awareness and correct body position in the saddle.
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