Gill has had specialist training in 'Pilates for
exercises and techniques, as she recognised that many horses, as well as people, could
benefit from the improved posture, core strength,
stability, flexibility, coordination and balance that pilates provides.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength.
This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being..
Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body.It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing,
developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often
called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's stability.
It is popular with Olympic athletes and sportsmen from all disciplines.
Developed by Joseph Pilates, an authority on movement and biomechanics, he continually developed and refined a programme of exercises and stretches based
on the principle that a strong core supports the back and minimises the risk of muscular damage.
??Pilates for Horses??
Many of the Pilates principals can be applied to the horse. Core stability and strength are as important to horses as they are to riders.Pilates can help maintain stability,
posture and balance and can contribute to more effective training, improved performance and can reduce the risk of injury.
There are a number of pilates exercises for horses, which can supplement ridden work to help to improve core stability.
By performing these specific pilates for horses exercises, the core muscles that make for good posture, a strong back and assist in carrying the weight of the rider can be strengthened.
These include the deep internal muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, thoracic sling, and back together with the more superficial muscles of the trunk.
Core strengthening exercises can be invaluable as part of a rehabilitation programme following injury. Using specific exercises to target and stimulate weak or
injured muscles can be particularly useful. Following permission from your vet, GGVetPhysio will be able to advise on an individually
designed programme of pilates exercises for your horse.
If you are interested in a 'Pilates for Horses' workshop or talk contact Gill
I work closely with the individual patient, veterinary surgeon and you, the
owner, and provide a unique treatment plan for every patient. This
treatment program will be revised and updated as the treatment