Very few people enjoy pounding pavement in an effort to build cardiovascular fitness. But, in order to be a good partner to our horses, cardio fitness is essential. The good news is you don’t have to run in order to be in good shape
An independent, soft, fluid seat is one of the most sought after attributes of an exceptional horseback rider. If our hip and pelvis stabilizing muscles are not working properly, this becomes nearly impossible.
Head to your equestrian sport physical therapist’s office to find out how you can unlock the mystery of your hips and take your riding to the next level.
There’s no shame in taking a day off. But you should be ashamed of failing to listen to your horse and overheating your partner. Here’s how to tell when it’s too hot to ride and what you can do instead.
Equestrians must have complete control over the stability and mobility of their joints in the saddle. In the space of just a few seconds, we must be capable of increasing our stability or soften with more mobility in the joints, particularly the hip.
When your joints aren’t able to support you, your performance can drop significantly and you and your horse suffer as a result.
After a long spring of COVID craziness, I’m so excited to announce that the Physio Equine Solutions physical therapy clinic will be opening this August! Previously, PES at Shields’ Fields Farm was only able to offer in-patient physical therapy services for horses. Now, horses and their riders can come to Shields’ Fields Farm to get the physical therapy treatment they need.
Check out the blog below for all the information you need on the new clinic.
Equestrians know that the accusation, “Horseback riders just sit there” is anything but true. The reality is that activating the right muscles at the right time with the right level of strength is everything in the saddle.
Click below to find out just how incorrect muscle activation could be holding you back.
One day you’re riding along when you start to feel pain in your ankles. It grows worse over every following ride, until eventually you’re in serious pain when you ride. How do you fix the problem? Where do you start?
There are lots of reasons for our horses to be asymmetrical. Asymmetries can be related to conformation, movement patterns, and even poor quality riding. Over time, these imbalances can leadContinue reading “Help Your Horse Find Balance”
Do you shorten one side of your torso while riding? If so, you could be struggling with flexibility issues. The good news is that with some hard work and a little patience, you don’t have to deal with flexibility issues. Sports physical therapy can help.
At first, physical therapists and veterinarians sound almost like two competing forces. But, in reality, these two essential services work together to help you and your horse achieve your equine fitness goals. Click to find out how they can work together.
As riders turn their focus to schooling, it’s important to use this time wisely to analyze last season’s events and see where you can improve. Sports physical therapy can not only help you identify the root of your problem but can also provide the solution as well.
Unfortunately, equine injuries happen to the best and worst of equestrians equally. Find out what NOT to do when rehabbing your four-legged partner, and how equine physical therapy can lead to a full recovery.
Is laser therapy a gimmick or miracle cure? Find out if it could become a part of your elite sports physical therapy program and help your equine reach peak performance.
Are you tired of riding while in pain? Are you and your horse struggling to reach your fitness goals? Ditch the generic exercise routine– build a custom fitness program with the help of a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In order to be a good partner for your equine, a certain level of fitness is required. You need to be able to maintain balance and move fluidly with yourContinue reading “The Importance of Rider Fitness”
Meet one of Dr. Shields clients: a Grand Prix level jumper who suffered a suspensory ligament injury.
As equestrians, our toughness and dedication to our sport can be our downfall. Studies show that 60 percent of riders don’t seek medical attention after an injury and only 10 percent seek physiotherapy intervention. Treat yourself like the athlete you are.
There are times when you’re riding your horse and everything just seems to click. You and your partner are moving in perfect synchrony, dancing through a dressage test or goingContinue reading “Off Balance? Find Stability with Physical Therapy”
When selecting a veterinarian for your horse, you research online, look at reviews, their experience, where they went to school and listen to what other equestrians have to say aboutContinue reading “How to Choose the Right Physical Therapist for You”
My love of horses started as a kid growing up in Virginia riding for fun and then competitively in the hunter jumper world. Injury after injury my coach got meContinue reading “My Story”