The Athletic Equestrian: Over 40 Exercises for Good Hands, Power Legs, and Superior Seat Awareness (Paperback)

The Athletic Equestrian: Over 40 Exercises for Good Hands, Power Legs, and Superior Seat Awareness By Sally Batton, Christina Keim Cover Image

The Athletic Equestrian: Over 40 Exercises for Good Hands, Power Legs, and Superior Seat Awareness (Paperback)

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A proven rider training system to sharpen position and vastly improve skill in the saddle.


Whether competing in the show ring or riding at home on the trail, every rider wants to be more secure and balanced in the saddle and effective with their aids. This innovative guide uses highly effective exercises to develop your athleticism on horseback so you can say goodbye to common rider problems, such as:



  • Swinging lower legs.
  • Stiff arms.
  • Trouble balancing over the horse's center of gravity.
  • Half-halts that go unanswered.
  • Incorrect mechanics, on the flat and in the jumping position.
  • And more.


Division I collegiate riding coach Sally Batton has spent over 30 years perfecting her methods specifically designed to refine and polish riders, whatever their level. In her work with hundreds of varsity team athletes, she found that trouble with position and lack of specific horsemanship skills happens for two reasons: First, riders may not have an understanding of the biomechanics required to maintain the correct position. Second, they may not have attained the suppleness and strength required to maintain a fluid, elastic position on the horse.


Her secret to combatting these difficulties won her teams dozens of championships and awards through the years. Here you learn both her time-proven warm-up and her exciting "Equicize" routine: a series of progressive exercises similar to aerobics on horseback. Batton's recommendations help you build and strengthen the major muscle groups used by equestrian athletes, and all exercises can be customized so you can raise or lower the intensity as needed to suit your age, level, and riding style. Plus, readers find dozens of creative training "hacks" that will get them on their way to greater levels of riding proficiency in no time at all.

SallyBatton holds an Equestrian Studies degree from Lake Erie Collegein Ohio, and a master's degree in Communications from Fairleigh-DickinsonUniversity in New Jersey. She was the head coach of the Dartmouth CollegeDivision I Varsity Equestrian Team for 30 years, coaching dozens of riders toregional, zone, and national titles. In 2020, Coach Batton was inducted intothe inaugural class of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Hall ofFame. She currently travels all over the United States, teaching clinics to ridersof all ages and levels. Batton is the author, with co-writer Christina Keim, of Equicize, also published byTrafalgar Square Books. An avid polocrosse enthusiast, Batton is a certifiedAPA Polocrosse Coach and the author of Polocrosse: Australian Made, Internationally Played (Belcris, 1990). Batton isthe Founder and President of the Athletic Equestrian League, an organizationoffering horsemanship education and competition opportunities to both Englishand Western riders, from first grade through adult. She is also the host of thepopular Athletic Equestrian Riding in College Podcast. An avid hiker andoutdoor enthusiast, when not on the road teaching, Batton can be found hikingthe hills of New Hampshire, kayaking in the summers, and skiing and snowshoeingin the winter (athleticequestrian.com). Christina Keim, M Ed, MFA, is anaward-winning narrative journalist with over 1,000 published articles to hercredit. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, UnTacked, Equine Journal, Practical Horseman, The Eastern Equerry, NortheastEquestrian Life, Green Mountain Horse Association Magazine, WoodstockMagazine, and The PlaidHorse, among others. With Sally Batton, she is the co-writerof Equicize, also published byTrafalgar Square Books. For nearly two decades a top intercollegiate hunterseat coach, Keim now teaches compassionate horsemanship and offers equine-assistedcoaching out of her Cold Moon Farm in Rochester, New Hampshire(christinakeim.com).

Product Details ISBN: 9781646010516
ISBN-10: 1646010515
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2022
Pages: 184
Language: English