Rider Performance Mini Course

An introduction to improving your performance as a rider. It's not all about the horse!

How much time and investment do you spend on training your horse ?

Fitness programs, lessons, developing their muscle tone and straightness, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, therapy boots and rugs, tack and equipment, magnetic rugs... the list goes on!

But what about yourself as a rider and athlete? How much investment do you put into yourself? Probably not nearly as much!

Equestrian sports are unique in that instead of there being one athlete, there are two; the rider and the horse. But we tend to put all of our focus on the horse. The industry is becoming more and more aware of the importance of the rider's fitness and wellbeing as well as that of the horse. Don't just look after your horses, look after yourself too!

This course is designed to give you a taster of some areas that are available to you as a rider. It includes the following:

1. Postural Analysis

2. On and off horse analysis of your strengths and weaknesses

3. Strength and Conditioning Exercises

"I have seen such a difference since doing this course.Could really tell whilst riding last night both my horse and my friend's horse.
When it’s available I would love to enrol on the full course to learn more. Really enjoyed this course - another to tick off the list!"

- Olivia Sanders, August 2018

Your Instructor

Sarah Tame
Sarah Tame

Sarah Tame, a BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, has trained numerous students up to Pony Club A test, BHS Stage 4 level. Sarah competes herself in BE, BS and BD events and holds her NLP Master Practitioner Certificate in Sport. Sarah holds a Foundation Degree in Equine Studies and has 8 years experience of lecturing at an Equestrian College where she has acquired valuable skills in writing courses, assessments and in helping students to achieve. Her City and Guilds Level 5 Certificate in Further Education also guarantees you will receive high quality teaching material. Sarah is currently studying for an MSc in Equine Science at Hartpury College.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction and Welcome
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  Your new off-horse training programme
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  Completion and Feedback
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you have enrolled and will end one year later. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide how much time to devote to it each week depending on what other demands on your time you have!
How is this course assessed?
As this is a mini taster course you will not be assessed on it, but you can complete Learning Activities in the workbook that is provided as you work through the Modules.
Can international students enrol on this course?
YES! All of our courses can be taken from anywhere in the world as they are studied via distance learning.
Will there be further courses I can take when I have completed the free course?
Yes - we will be offering a full Rider Performance course in late summer that will go into the subject in more depth and will include: a full and thorough postural/ off horse assessment; a thorough riding assessment looking at your symmetry and strengths/weaknesses; more in depth fitness testing including aerobic fitness and the production of a personalised and in depth training programme specific to you!

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