Increase suppleness and flexibility

Enhance postural awareness

Improve core stability

Fine tune your aids

Enhance athletic performance

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” Joseph Pilates

Welcome to Chiltern Rider Pilates…

Dr Tracy Crook – Physiotherapist, Pilates & Equipilates™ Trainer

Pilates for riders has gained in popularity amongst the riding community in recent years with many elite competition riders regarding Pilates as an essential part of their riding routine. They recognise that not only does it enhance their own performance but the athletic performance of their horse.

As a Chartered & Veterinary Physiotherapist, Tracy fully understands the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse and rider, and therefore is ideally suited to help you achieve your riding goals.  So if you care about your horses’ wellbeing and want to improve your horses’ way of going – why not have a Ridden Pilates Assessment, join a Pilates for Rider class or have a One to One session?

Group Pilates Classes are currently run at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre (Wendover), Widmer Equestrian Centre (Lacey Green), Woodrow Sports Centre (Amersham).

One to One Pilates sessions are provided in the Holmer Green Clinic (near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire).

See the Pilates page for full details.

Tracy also provides “Rider Analysis & Rider Pilates Clinics” with Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics and “Rider and Pilates Clinics” with Rob Waine Dressage.

“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, in 30 you will have a whole new body”. Joseph Pilates

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2 weeks ago

Chiltern Vet Physio
Worth reposting!Evolutionary Adaptions of the Horses Musculoskeletal System for SpeedThe horse can gallop at speeds of up to 45Km/hour. As a flight animal only the fastest horses survived over time probably the ones with longer legs that could outrun the predators. Here we explore the evolutionary changes that allow it to move so quickly.1. The horses' scapula is only attached to the body by muscle- the horse has lost its collar bone this allows a greater freedom of movement of the scapular on the chest wall2. It has long legs-which allow it to take large strides achieved by the following:A)The horse is said to be digitigrade- it stands on its tip toe literally -this makes its legs longer to enable it to take large strides. Since speed = stride length X's stride frequencyB) The bones of the metacarpus/tarsus and phalanges have become elongatedC) The horse has lost its 1st and 5th metacarpal/tarsal bone and phalanges. The 2nd and 4th metacarpal have become smaller and are infact the splint bones.3) It has further lightened the weight of its legs allowing it to move them forward and backwards more easily achieved by the followingA)The ulnar bone has shortened considerably and has fused with the radiusB) It has minimal muscle below the level of the carpus/hock instead the muscles have been replaced by strong spring like tendons that act like springs storing and returning elastic strain energy with each stepC) Its joints mainly move forward and backwards in a saggittal plane which negates the need for muscles to move the limb away or towards the body. Less muscle/less weight4) It has a passive stay mechanism in its hind limb which means that the horse can conserve energy locking its patella over the stifle when resting - eliminating the need for expensive muscle work.5) Spring like legs as already mentioned. There is minimal muscle below the carpus/tarsus the supericial and deep digital flexor muscles store and return energy, in addittion the horses biceps tendon merges with the lacertus fibrosis a fibrous tissue which gets stretched as the horses forelimb extends/ moves backwards under the body as the toe lifts this structure cataputs the limb forward again reducing the need for active muscle contraction6) The majority of the large muscles that move the legs forwards and backwards are centred around the joints at the top of the legs lowering the moment of inertia making it easier to swing the legs forewards and backwardsIf you want to find out more come to the talk at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre on 19th June at 730pm- see upcoming events ... See MoreSee Less
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