Physio for horse riders at

Reform Physiotherapy and Pilates Malahide

Horse riders are often so busy looking after their horses that they fail to take care of themselves. Riders need to begin recognising themselves as the athletes that they are, and start treating their bodies accordingly. How your body is functioning has a direct impact on how your horse will perform.

Stiffness, weakness, asymmetry and fitness of the rider all has a huge impact on how your horse performs. At Reform Physiotherapy and Pilates Malahide, Anne is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in horse rider’s performance. Being a keen horse rider herself, she has an in-depth knowledge of the physical demands on horse-riders. She will do a specialist screening to assess:

  • Posture
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Previous injuries
  • Core strength
  • Symmetry
  • Cardiovascular health


All the above can directly impact how you and your horse perform. Here are just a few examples:

Symmetry: if you have an asymmetry in your hips (e.g one hip is tighter than the other), this can really put your horse off balance. This could in turn cause your horse to knock a fence, or make it harder for your horse to do a half pass.

Core strength: horse riders need a lot of core strength to stay upright in the saddle. If you have a weak core, it could be affecting your balance, posture, and endurance when riding. This would also make you more prone to injury, especially back pain.

Strength: If you have poor shoulder stability, you may not be able to hold your horse sufficiently. This could cause him to run at a fence uncontrolled and knocking it.

Contact Anne at 086 3582911 to book in for a horse-riders screening, and be proactive about improving your riding and preventing injuries that could keep you out of the saddle