Equestrian Life – July 2013

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Keep one step ahead with The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials social media.

Two coveted Membership tickets to all four days of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Sept 5th–8th) is just one of the prizes on offer in the competitions that will be running every two weeks up to the event on the recently updated Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Facebook page.

As well as a new competitions tab, an interactive calendar has also been added to the page ensuring all Facebook fans will be the first to know of news and forthcoming events, including regular updates from three top riders as they prepare for and countdown to this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Over 23,000 Facebook fans already keep in touch with the event which is one of the world’s leading horse trials and one of just six worldwide four-star events. Everyone who ‘likes’ the Facebook page will receive all updates as well as invitations to enter the competitions with prizes from favourite brands and trade stands exhibiting at Burghley Horse Trials.

Now in its third year of production, the Land Rover Burghley App is available on iPhone, iPad and Android and is proving the essential Event accessory. Free to download from iTunes or Google Play the App will be updated with start times, results and the daily timetable as well as plenty of information about the trade stands. The notification service provides Event-related messages, such as when key riders and displays are about to start. And for those who can never find their car at the end of the day there is even a place in the maps section to note down your parking slot.

To add your name to the growing list of Facebook friends and for your chance to win one of the competitions go to https://www.facebook.com/BurghleyHorse
Tickets for the event, that are already selling fast, can also be bought online at www.burghley-horse.co.uk

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Have you ever considered your breathing pattern while you are riding?

Think back to a stressful situation, on or off your horse, and I’m sure you can recall the rapid, shallow breathing that you will have been experiencing – but have you considered how this affects your own body and that of your horse?

When the breath is shallow it is depriving the body of vital oxygen that it needs to function at its best. It is essential that you learn to master the correct breathing technique, to optimise your riding skills. As with any new technique, take the time to practice without your horse to make it easier when you then try on your horse.

Sitting on a chair or a gymball, place your hands on your ribcage, lengthen your body up to the ceiling without forcing it and as you breathe in try and feel as if your ribcage is expanding into your hands so you are directing your breath sideways, gently pushing your ribcage into your hands. As you breathe out through your mouth you will feel your ribcage collapse away from your hands as they move closer together. Continue breathing in this way and see how the body starts to feel. When you feel ready to practice this while you are riding take note of how it affects your horse and his behaviour. As you develop your breathing technique you should feel different parts of your body moving more freely as the breath flow is increased.

Top tip: If you are aware that there is tension while you are riding, try asking someone to make you laugh – simple, but it works!

Please feel free to contact me to let me know how you are getting on: sarah@pilatesboston.co.uk

If you want know more, try Equipilates, it can offer simple and effective techniques to increase the freedom and awareness of the rider’s body. www.pilatesboston.co.uk

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