You love horses. You love riding horses. But you're sore, you're tired, your shoulders are rounded over, your chin juts forward, your lower back aches, and those tight hamstrings aren't helping your cause. So, now what? Continue to ride horses and be miserable after each ride orrrrrr
Ride horses AND DO PILATES. DUH.
Pilates will increase range of motion in all joints, increase flexibility of all muscles, improve your core strength, thus resulting in better balance. You'll find riding not only less painful, but much easier! As you do Pilates, your spine will lengthen, your pelvis will stabilize, your overall strength will increase and you'll learn the proper seated alignment for your best ride. No more collapsing in the saddle! You'll learn to hold yourself up, helping to absorb the shock that the body takes from the horse. You'll open your chest and shoulders, strengthen the scapula and back and those rounded shoulders will be no more!
What I'm trying to say is: you'll be so strong and you'll feel so much better. Oh and the reformer straps are almost like stirrups. You'll feel right at home! ha. ;)
Try it for a few weeks and you'll see what I'm talking about. I promise I'm not making this stuff up.