Savitsky and Ballou on rider fitness

As part of our Focus on Fitness, we spoke with accomplished riders and teachers, Christina Savitsky and Jec Aristotle Ballou. When not running a ranch and raising a family, Christina Savitsky is busy with Buckaroo Balance clients. Buckaroo Balance combines good riding with therapy, mindfulness, […]

Beth Austin weighs in on rider fitness & core strength

As part of our Focus on Fitness, we spoke with accomplished physical therapist, Beth Austin, of Santa Cruz, California. A runner and dancer, Austin rode often as a girl and has an excellent sense of the horse-rider partnership. The therapist and seminar leader works with […]

Rider Fitness

We have a huge selection of articles dedicated to Rider Fitness Read features from an exclusive group of horsemen and women: Dr. Steve Peters Randy Rieman Ellen Eckstein Amy Skinner Jim Thomas Martin Black Russ & Marsha Jones, accomplished riders from Wolverine, Michigan Confessions of […]

When it comes to fitness, are you an equal partner for your horse?

Editor’s Note: Amy Skinner is a regular guest columnist and has been a horse gal since age six. She works with owner/operator Jim Thomas as a trainer at Bar T Horsemanship where she rides and teaches English and Western. She also maintains Essence Horsemanship. Skinner […]

What?? Yes, Riders are Athletes

Editor’s Note: Ah, to be young and carefree. After a few years of ignoring what might be obvious for some, guest columnist Amy Skinner realized her diet and exercise were instrumental to a successful horsemanship career. Read more on Rider Fitness here. Read rider Julie […]

Rider Balance

This article is part of BestHorsePractices’ Focus on Fitness, the series of 2016 Remuda Reader articles. Here, we interviewed physical therapist, Beth Austin, and horsewomen Katrin Kuenstler and Wendy Murdoch. Many thanks for their time and effort. To access all our Focus on Fitness articles, […]

Peters weighs in on Rider Weight

Dr. Steve Peters, the neuropsychologist whose collaboration with horseman Martin Black produced Evidence-Based Horsemanship, joined the call for better horsemanship through better personal health with his recent Personal Statement, posted on the Evidence-Based Horsemanship facebook page. It echoed recent BestHorsePractices posts, which explained research and […]


BestHorsePractices BALANCING SENSE AND SCIENCE 1 Amy Skinner questions the 30-day start Editor’s Note: Amy Skinner is a regular guest columnist and has been a horse gal since age six. She will present an arena demonstration with fellow trainer and rider, Katrin Silva, at the […]

Best Horse Practices Summit Schedule is Here!

The Best Horse Practices Summit Schedule: (Please be patient as this schedule is subject to minor changes. Details and links coming soon.) Register here Sunday, October 8, 4-9 pm: Welcome Reception and Sign In Join us at the historic Strater Hotel to sign in and […]

Dorrance Protégés Join Summit Roster

Along with powerful academic and arena presentations, the Best Horse Practices Summit, October 8-10 in Durango, Colorado, will now offer an opportunity to hear from esteemed protégés of Bill and Tom Dorrance. The brothers are widely admired as pioneers of the superior, more mindful horsemanship […]