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Equifit – how physiotherapy can help the Horse Rider

Being a keen horse rider and owner I have been very interested in by working with the body’s deep tissue and addressing Fascial Malalignment issues how this affects the Rider and the Horse.

When a problem with the horse develops, we all consider the problem being the horse, the saddle but do we ever think it could be ourselves that is affecting the horse ‘s fitness or way of going.

If you show some of these problems when riding you may have malalignment issues which can have a knock on effect on the horse.

Possible Effects of Rider

• Ride with unequal stirrup lengths

• Difficulty positioning legs evenly

• One leg feels weaker

• Pelvis ,shoulders and /or head look lopsided

• Unequal weight on seat

• Stiffness and aching in lower back and/or shoulder blades

Possible Effects on Horse

• Difficulty getting correct lead in canter

• Saddle tends to slip to one side

• More difficulty balancing on one rein on a circle

• Developing back problems/tightness developing on long muscles of the back

• Saddle padding more compressed on one side.

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Para Rider Classification

 

Classification is carried out by a qualified physiotherapist or physician trained in the profiling system. All riders competing in International or National Para Equestrian competitions are required to be classified. 
Classification of riders with a disability provides the means to ensure fair equestrian competition. Riders with a disability can present with a variety of impairments. The functional profile system used for classification enables the physical or sensory (vision) impairment of the rider to be expressed numerically. The profile is established by assessing muscle power, joint range or co-ordination of the rider, or the vision in the case of those with visual impairment.”

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