The program

The Core Training for Equestrians is a special program designed for horse riders who want help to make their dreams physically possible.

Sometimes people think that personal or gym training is designed to make you look muscly, or lose fat, but if you are someone involved in a sport and particularly a sport that requires great balance and physical fitness, the ability to work with your body, becomes an essential part of being the best rider you can be.


It is not only about building up muscle, however this can help particularly if you are naturally small and need a bit more seat in order to feel comfortable in the saddle, but more than that, it is about learning to control your movements, learning to connect the contraction of one muscle, with the reaction it has to the muscles around it.

We see many riders who lean to the left, or draw up one leg, or pull on one rein, and quite possibly their horse is so used to it that they never know they do it.

“We see many riders who lean to the left, or draw up one leg, or pull on one rein (…)”

The right ‘off the horse’ training can teach you to become aware of where your centre of gravity lies, and you might be very surprised how the simple act of asking yourself to THINK about what muscles are working, and THINK as to whether you are straight, can reveal some very surprising feedback.

I had a trainer who would stretch me at the end of my training session, and I had him convinced that he put more strength on the left leg than the right, when in actual fact I was so used to tilting slightly to the left that I was certain the imbalance was coming from outside.

I began training off the horse for many reason, to strengthen my core (which of course is where a rider finds all their stability), to increase the muscle mass around my hip which is my weak point, but most of all to learn the mind/muscle connection, to achieve a real sense of how my body works and how that relates to my position on the horse.

Do you want to start an off the horse training regime, and feel you need help gaining knowledge on the sorts of exercises you can do to strengthen your core, and become a more effective rider?


Are you a non-rider, who would just love to relieve the tension or pain you have that was created after years of bad posture, or compensation tendencies in your daily work?

How it works?

You subscribe for 10 sessions of personal training at your horse stables and at the place you wish to workout off the horse. I will make a physical assessment to you in order to find your physical weaknesses and work on them. I will also watch you on the horse in order to have a general picture off your performance.

At the end we will define a strategy to help you achieve a better and stronger performance!

Write to me if you have something specific you would like to get help with. I’m a qualified personal trainer in touch with the specific training requirements of equestrians.

Duarte Antunes, your Personal Trainer, is a graduated Personal Trainer with experience in training people to achieve specific physical objectives. He is experienced in helping people with specific conditions to overcome their obstacles.

Sarah Warne, Warney’s Whip, is a young dressage rider and Equestrian journalist. She grew up on horseback, and quickly inherited her mother’s passion for dressage.


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