Physiotherapy for Riders


A horse cannot be expected to perform to the optimal standard if its rider is physically limited by stiffness, weakness, tiredness or pain.

It is not uncommon, for example, to find riders collapsing through the inside hip and shifting weigh laterally in the saddle whilst on the circle. This may be a result of either:

  • A tight side with opposite weak side;
  • A rider being myofacially tight and, at the same time, weak on the same side or;
  • A rider being weak and exaggerating movement
  • It is the role of the physiotherpist to determine the cause of the problem and address the imbalance, thereby improving and optimising rider suppleness and strength. By addressing biomechanical imbalances, the rider's performance, and partnership with the horse is enhanced and compensatory patterns can be eliminated. By ensuring that the rider is fit to ride the horse to their best physical ability we can prevent, or at least minimise, movement dysfunction, problems and soreness in the horse.