4 Exercises to Increase Rider Fitness and Horse Comfort

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Exercises on the ground can help improve your symmetry and coordination in the saddle.

Photo: Courtesy Alexandra Beckstett

I’ve always relied on my riding to keep me in good shape. And the two-horses-a-day, five-days-a-week workout has served me pretty well. In the past year, however, I’ve gone from two horses to one, and that one is so simple she really doesn’t require much physical effort on my part to do her job

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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