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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The latest from Tracy at Chiltern VetPhysio

4 weeks ago

Chiltern Vet Physio

⭐️⭐️Let’s Talk Nuchal Ligament...⭐️⭐️

The Nuchal ligament runs from the occipital bone to the withers, from here it becomes the supraspinous ligament as shown in the picture below...

This ligament is not only important to know about from a energy saving perspective but also from a training perspective. Here I will go into it’s importance in training...

As the horses head is stretched forwards and down the Nuchal ligament is pulled crainally (towards the head) as a result this pulls cranially on the supraspinous ligament which in turn leads to a cranial pull on the dorsal spinous processes (DSP’s) increasing the space between the DSP’s and thus enhancing flexion over the horses back.

Knowing about and using these natural mechanisms within the horses body to encourage natural flexion over the horses back will allow for improved muscle development of the ‘top line’ as well as a great rehabilitation tool for those horses with kissing spines.
Incorporating these long and low stretching exercises in your horses schooling is important and here you can see why!
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