Love Your Horse, Love Your Life

Comprehensive Equestrian Pilates & Wellness Training

Love Your Horse, Love Your Life

Comprehensive Equestrian Pilates & Wellness Training

Rock Your Ride When You Join Our Program

WELCOME TO ROCKING HORSE FITNESS

Our mission at Rocking Horse Fitness is to create happy horses by developing enthusiastic and healthy riders. We will improve your riding and connection with your horse by educating and training your body and mind!

Love Your Horse, Love Your Life

What Is Equestrian Fitness Training?

Equestrian fitness training is a science-based program developed for riders that includes education in all three areas of fitness, cardiovascular health, muscular strength & endurance, and flexibility & range of motion.
The program’s focus is on Pilates exercises and understanding the Pilates Principles because they are fundamentally...

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We want to be confident…
In our horse’s ability to be ridden, they need to be confident in our ability to ride them!

Equestrian Fitness Training, EFT, is a science-based program developed for riders that includes education in all three areas of fitness, cardiovascular health, muscular strength & endurance, and flexibility & range of motion.

The program’s focus is on Pilates exercises and understanding the Pilates Principles and how they are fundamentally related to the Training Pyramid and the skill of training and riding horses.

Our training will help connect the dots between you, your trainer, and your horse. You will learn the correct biomechanics of riding and how to use your body to influence your horse with more suppleness. It will help you feel when you are sitting straight in the saddle and guide you to correcting any asymmetries you may have. With better vertical balance and a deeper understanding of core control, you and your horse will be able to move with more ease, less effort and more joy.

You will learn some of the basic concepts of how and why the body is meant to work with balanced muscle strength and full range of motion of all joints, especially the spine.  Basic exercise physiology is addressed as well as common everyday habits we all develop that work against out success. With this new way of understanding your body and training more effectively many common pain issues with shoulders, neck/back and hips will be decreased and possibly avoided all together. We start the process wherever you are and create a program to help you reach your goals for your equestrian life.

EFT specifically improves:
1. Balance and Coordination
2. Physical Strength and Stamina
3. Flexibility and Core Control
4. Body Awareness and Alignment
5. Use of Aids and Focus
6. Confidence and Connection With Your Horse

TRAINING LOCATIONS

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Rocking Horse Fitness Studio

Rocking Horse Fitness Studio

We have locations in Middleburg, Bluemont, and Purcellville.

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Your Farm or Barn

Your Farm or Barn

We have the ability to come to your farm or barn

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Virtual Sessions

Virtual Sessions

We can teach you remotely through technology with Face Time or *Zoom

*Zoom sessions have the ability to be recorded and watched repeatedly

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Your House

Your House

We have the ability to come to your house

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Your Studio

Your Studio

We have the ability to come to your studio

Testimonials

"As a dressage rider returning to the saddle, Pilates work with Robin helped me rebuild and stabilize my core after my second pregnancy and resulting c-section. It also had the added benefit of providing me with a new awareness of my body position and balance in the saddle. A strong core and balanced seat are critical to effective communication and harmony with your horse and a toned tummy is an added benefit!"

- Cameron Over, Dressage Rider

"How many times have you blamed your horse for being disobedient, when, in fact, the problem stems from a lack of control of your own body or because you're sitting crookedly when you give an aid. It might not be glamorous to work on your position or your fitness, but the rewards are well worth it. Your horse will thank you!"

- Jane Savoie, Dressage Trainer

Julianne Brownson
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I am a professional dressage rider who discovered Pilates through Rocking Horse Fitness. Robin has helped me tremendously both in and out of the saddle. Since training with Robin, I have discovered a whole new balance and alignment in the saddle which helps me to communicate more effectively with my horses while training. Out of the saddle I have experienced discomfort in my back, neck and left shoulder and with Robin’s training I have learned to use my body more effectively plus how to strengthen and stretch those parts of my body.

 

Overall, I have less joint pain, my position in the saddle has improved and my horses are happily progressing with my improved balance, strength and effective use of my body aids. I am so thankful I met Robin and have recommended her to all my students, clients and fellow professionals!

Julianne Brownson 

USDF Bronze, Silver & Gold Medalist Schockemohle Sports-USA  

Clara Zawawi
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I was introduced to Robin by my long time friend and first Pilates instructor, Chandra Lee Souchek who knows both of us well. For the last six years or so I have been on a long long journey with my horse, Sheikh, dealing with his issues of straightness, which first made me even think about my own limitations in this area; and what better practice to address that than Pilates?

Life’s strange turns took me from Oman, where I met Chandra, to St Pierre et Miquelon – the most Western part of Europe and France’s last bastion in the Americas – off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada!  and my Sheikh now lives is Germany; so I can only see him when I visit, three times a year.  That’s a long time between rides! and I was really looking for a solution that would keep me fit and in condition specifically for riding so that I lost as little time as possible when I was finally in Germany with my baby.

Knowing all of this, Chandra suggested that I at least talk to Robin and the thought of having a Pilates instructor who also really understood riding was too much to resist. After our first (very long!) discussion on Messenger, I took the decision to buy a package of personal lessons over a video conferencing program called Zoom.  I can honestly say I think it’s the best investment I have made in my riding, ever; and likewise in my own health and fitness.  Last year, before I moved to St Pierre, I was doing private Pilates lessons three times a week with a very good practitioner; but in three months Robin has achieved more with me – both for myself and for my riding – than the other instructor achieved in a year.  Don’t get me wrong; the other lady was great; but not understanding my sport meant that she couldn’t achieve specifically the requirements of a RIDER which Robin could, immediately.

When I started with Robin in July 2017, I had just spent a frustrating three weeks with my horse, not achieving what I wanted to in my riding.  I had come home determined to put in 100% of effort to make sure that when I returned in October I would be well prepared physically to start work with him on a level beyond absolute beginner – again!!  I have to say that the Zoom lessons – which we recorded, meaning that I could repeat them at will – meant that I could practice my Pilates every day if I had the chance.  Moreover, Robin had given me specific exercises that addressed my hip mobility, balance and coordination (some of my biggest issues) which I could do daily. Now, in October, when I’m finally reunited with my horse, and back in the saddle, I could not be happier with my own condition.

My hips are stronger and more flexible; my hamstrings are longer, my balance and coordination is better and moreover we have managed to identify the cause of one of my biggest issues in advancing my riding – the fact that my mid thoracic spine and the muscles between the shoulders don’t work as they should; and that in that case (obviously!) the rest of my  body tries to compensate.  Identifying and working to fix this issue – which has led to muscle pain and tightness in my right shoulder for years – has transformed my riding.

Frankly, I couldn’t be happier or recommend Robin more highly.  My only concern now is that she becomes so popular that she will find it hard to fit me in!  because I don’t think that, having discovered her and particularly being able to use the Zoom recordings to ‘revisit’ our sessions, I can live without her!   Everyone here in Germany who knows me and my horse; and who have seen me arrive in the past ‘ready to work’ agrees that my posture, my seat and my general fitness is noticeably way ahead of where it has been in the past.

As my trainer here, Gabriele Shoenich of ARR, says – it’s not everywhere that you can find a physical instructor who not only is a rider, but a rider who understands the importance of balance and straightness in the human just as much as in the horse. I highly recommend Robin and her Zoom tutorials.  To have a library of lessons; tailored just for you?  How can you beat that?  And her results speak for themselves.  I’m just so glad that Chandra introduced us.  And you know what?  I think, so is my horse!

      - Clara Zawawi