Equestrian Pilates taught by Physiotherapists

Equestrian Pilates taught by Chartered Physiotherapists who are also trained Pilates Instructors

Sonja Fitzpatrick (Pilates Instructor, Riding Instructor and Chartered Physiotherapist) rides all dressage movements up to Grand Prix level including half pass, canter pirouettes, tempi-changes, passage and piaffe and has experience in riding different breeds including Irish Sports Horses, Warmbloods and Spanish horses. Sonja teaches Equestrian Pilates to local riders and International Dressage riders. Her own horse is a 16.3 hand Dutch Warmblood and is currently competing at Medium level and working at Advanced Medium level Dressage at home.

Equestrian Pilates identifies your postural and movement faults which affect riding position and technique and then provides methods to improve them as well as exercises to practice at home. Do you want to improve you body awareness, the connection with your horse, and make progress in your training? Do you want to improve your core strength, flexibility and co-ordination, to ride your horse with an independent and effective seat to refine the timing of your aids?

Equestrian Pilates exercises will:

  • improve postural problems which affect your riding
  • strengthen the areas of your body which are weak especially your core
  • stretch the muscles which are tight especially those which affect your riding
  • increase your spinal mobility and flexibility of your joints

Using the Equestrian Pilates principals in riding can dramatically:

  • improve your posture on and off the horse
  • improve your riding seat
  • improve your riding technique
  • improve your riding performance
  • improve your ability to balance and correct your horse’s way of going
  • prevent your body imbalances from affecting your horse’s training

There is no doubt that man and horse have a special affinity, unfortunately our bodies are not designed with this relationship in mind!  With riding, as with all other sports, good technique is crucial to success, but also to the prevention of injury or strain.  Our ability to ride not only relies on good technique, but on good posture. Pilates can help to improve postural faults on and off the horse.

Equestrian Equipment Studio Pilates 1 hour session with Sonja Fitzpatrick. Specific exercises in the Pilates equipment studio using the most dynamic Pilates equipment such as the reformer, cadillac, ladder barrel, spine corrector and Wunda Chair as well as Pilates small equipment including overballs, Pilates rings, foam rollers, Pilates bands and Physio balls to improve your posture and riding technique. Private one hour sessions for 1 rider at £75 or a semi-private one hour sessions for 2 riders at £50 each.

Equestrian Pilates Semi-private 1 hour session (30 minutes each on Trojan the dressage simulator) with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH for 2 riders at £50 each.

Equestrian Pilates Semi-private 2 hour session (1 hr Pilates and 30
minutes each on Trojan the dressage simulator)
with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH  for 2 riders at £100 each.

Equestrian Pilates Group 2 hour session (1 hr Pilates & 1 hr riding instruction on horse back) with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH for 4 to 6 riders at £100 each. 

Enquiries/bookings:        

Telephone 01372 747 719 to speak to Sonja Fitzpatrick or use the Contact page.

Equestrian Pilates videos. Video 1 – 4 – please see our Youtube page – Epsom Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Clinic

Video 1. How to identify your posture type in standing. https://youtu.be/F3alMWaZviU

Video 2. How to correct your posture in the saddle. https://youtu.be/CY21wP3UqOM

Video 3. Improving your riding seat on the gum ball. https://youtu.be/OaetMIZAsYk

Video 4. Rider exercises in walk, trot and canter on the gym ball. https://youtu.be/FAWo8SszEGc