Recent book recommendation
Read the Review in Canadian Horse Journal!
"Heather Sansom’s brilliant book Fit To Ride In 9 Weeks, published by Trafalgar Square Books, brings it all together with a nine-week plan for riders of both genders, with a wealth of truly amazing illustrations." Margaret Evans, Canadian Horse Journal (read full review here)
GET THIS BOOK!! You’ll thank me, really.
As a professional trainer, rider and coach struggling with chronic Lyme, it is hard for me to keep up strength and muscle (and therefore straightness and suppleness). This book has been an amazing help.
Think you’re already strong enough? Ask your horse to which side you lean, or how balanced and supple you are—he’ll hand you a copy of Fit to Ride in 9 Weeks!
This is not your typical “get fit to ride” book. Heather Sansom begins this useful manual with clear and simple explanations for why fitness matters, with sound reasoning for how increasing your overall balance and fitness improves your riding, and overcoming what I call the “weak athlete” syndrome. The rest of the book focuses on exercise with easy to follow instructions and clear photographs.
Each one of my private dressage students and my college equestrian team will be encouraged to get a copy of their very own. Every barn, every trainer, and every rider needs this book!
Katie, trainer for Middlebury College equestrian team, Vermont
Fit to Ride in 9 Weeks: The Latest in Fitness for Riders
$27.95 (paper) / $17.99 (ebook)
*prices listed are in USD. Books are not sold directly by Equifitt. You can get them from the Publisher, bookstores, tack shops, or Amazon.
Buy the Book!
Buy it on Amazon, or from country distributors in Canada (at Chapters/Indigo), the USA (HorseandRiderBooks), Australia (Horsebooks.com), and the UK (Quiller Publishing).
"Thank you for Fit To Ride, In 9 Weeks. This book is as valuable at Sally Swift's Centered Riding. Your book helped more than any other exercise program I have participated in to straighten out my physical asymmetries. Both my mares thank you as well." B, Wyoming, USA
Another Rave Review!
"In Fit to Ride, Sansom shows that she clearly understands the unique demands which equestrian sport place upon a rider, and I found her book easy to read and absorb....From my perspective as a riding instructor, though, the real highlight of Sansom’s book was in chapters two through four, a section titled, “Training the Rider’s Body”. In Chapter 2, “Good Training is About Building Balance”, Sansom breaks down in clear detail the components of flexibility, core strength, strength and balance, and stamina, areas which all riders must address. She includes anatomical discussion supported with excellent, clear visual depictions to help readers understand the how, what and why of each type of fitness.....In this section, I was able to draw many correlations between her work and that of Hilary Clayton for horses. Again, this chapter is exquisitely illustrated, helping to show how the various muscle groups overlap and intersect with each other and with the skeleton of the rider. " Christina Keim riding instructor and equestrian blogger ‘Chronicles of a Mini-Pro’ (read the full review here)
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Achieve Straightness, Suppleness, and Stamina In the Saddle
Regardless of discipline, level of expertise, training philosophy, body shape, or fitness level, all riders do better—in horse-related activities both on the ground and in the saddle—when they take care of their bodies and maintain their fitness in ways other than just riding. While riding is a great way to enjoy an active lifestyle, on its own it is not enough to condition and tone the body to the degree we need, and then the horse must make up the fitness gap in our physical partnership. If our reflexes are slow, if our bodies fatigue, if our position collapses, if tension patterns appear, then the horse suffers repetitive asymmetrical strain or develops compensatory movement habits. It is for his good, as well as ours, that certified personal trainer and riding coach Heather Sansom has developed an utterly achievable 9-week plan to give every rider the straightness, suppleness, strength, and stamina she needs to ride her best. With hundreds of one-of-a-kind illustrations depicting accurate musculature on the rider’s body, and dozens of proven exercises organized in a progressive fitness program with easy-to-use schedule charts, Sansom’s book is the key to enjoying the ride, being fair to your horse, and getting into fabulous shape—in just a couple of months.
Author: Heather Sansom
Illustrations: 300 color photos, 75 color artworks