Horseback Riders’ Self-Care Quiz

Woman readingCan you remember the last time you got away from it all?

Was it a vacation, a weekend retreat, or maybe it was a special occasion with your spouse, partner or a friend? If you could quantify the benefit, what did you get out of it?

Recharging batteries

I don’t know about you, but when I get away it really recharges my batteries. Something else that recharges your batteries is investing in some essential self-care. For riders, self care is an investment that has benefits for you, your riding AND your connection with your horse.

Self-care essentials

The obvious ones are eating right, exercising and getting adequate sleep. And there are 6 more to consider: stress relief, breathing (yes, lots of us hold our breath most of the time), pain relief, and injury prevention strategies as well as paying attention to your posture and mood.

Do you take better care of your horse than yourself?

I know lots of riders that end up last on the list after taking care of their families, horses, jobs, other animals, the house and more. They don’t have much time or energy left for themselves.

Take this quick quiz to find out if you could use some battery recharging in your life!

1. Its been a while since I chilled out and read a book, just sat on the porch, or let someone else cook dinner.

a. true
b. false

2. When I put my hands on my ribcage, I don’t feel much movement there.

a. true
b. false

3. I have aches and pains that bother me.

a. true
b. false

4. Little things like mucking out stalls or doing other chores cause discomfort.

a. true
b. false

5. My posture in the saddle could be better.

a. true
b. false

6. I get anxious more easily than I’d like.

a. true
b. false

If you answered…

Mostly Bs: you’re taking pretty good care of yourself. Mostly As: you could probably use a little more self care in your life.

Start caring for yourself more

If you’d like to breathe better, relieve pain, be more upright, and feel calmer, check out Self-Care Secrets for Riders, a 6-session class on the essentials of the Alexander Technique.

About Emily Clark

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Emily Clark, of TheSuppleRider.com, is an Alexander Technique Certified Instructor who teaches horseback riders of all disciplines to eliminate pain and improve their posture so they can ride as one every ride.

She’s worked with equestrians for over 11 years. She loves working with riders because they’re so passionate about what they do.

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