Secrets of Pain-Free Horseback Riders: Posture Without Strain = Effortless Connection

For over 10 years now, I’ve been teaching horseback riders the secret to releasing persistent back, neck, shoulder and hip pain: freeing up tension in their bodies.

Riders usually have one of two priorities: achieve true connection with their horse, or become a better rider; preferably both!

Bad Posture

But poor posture gets in the way. When riders get in the saddle, any physical holding is magnified and unconsciously transferred to their horse.

It’s impossible to truly connect if the rider’s posture is rigid. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Rider’s Head-Spine Balance

Connection is being in sync with the horse and the horse being in sync with the rider. Effortless posture is within reach, right now. You’ve heard of keeping your horse’s head long and low…

Did you know the balance of the rider’s, head, neck and back is crucial for a rider to:

  • Move their body parts independently
  • Breathe effectively
  • Be anchored in the saddle
  • Achieve an independent seat


To learn effortless posture, riders have to look at their own movement habits.

That’s hard to do on their own, because by definition, habits are unconscious and ingrained.

A rider might really WANT to change their posture, but they find that wanting to and DOING it are two different things.

Factors at Play

– They’ve been taught that rigid posture is “correct”

– Old injuries or chronic pain perpetuate stiffness and misalignment

– They don’t know what good, fluid posture is or feels like

How does posture affect your riding?

I’d love to hear your comments!

Posture Help

For help identifying your own posture problems and to learn about easy solutions, come to a free seminar in Portland: Secrets of Pain-Free Horseback Riders. Register here



About Emily Clark

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Emily Clark, of, 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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