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Tip of the Day – Loosen your Hips!

A lot of riders often have tight hips which can prohibit your seat.

Over the years I have worked really hard to try and stretch them and this is my favourite exercise:

Take your feet out of the stirrups and hold your legs away from the saddle. You should feel yourself sit deeper in the saddle and hold yourself up with your core. You may only be able to manage a few seconds to begin but you can build this up over time. I now use this as one of my warm ups before doing flatwork/dressage to make sure I am loose and not tight. It really does make a difference and means your thigh will sit looser against the saddle rather than being tight and restricting the horse.

About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.