Equestrian Aquatics

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Does This Sound Like Your Horse?

You've worked with trainers, and on your own, for hours and hours
and yet your horse still tries the same old stuff.

  • My horse rushes
  • We can't travel a straight line
  • My horse won't turn
  • My horse pulls on me
  • My horse is too slow, doggy.
  • My horse stops crooked
  • My horse falls in on a circle
  • My horse drifts out through his shoulder
  • My Horse                               !

That doesn't sound like a lot of Fun!
If Your horse does anything that's taking the fun out of your riding,
Read on to see how I can help you, so you can help your horse.

I Have Good News For You,
It's Not Your Horse's Fault.

I'd like you to think about How you are sitting right now

Are You More Column  A   OR   Column  B?

  • Are you sitting up nice and straight? 
    As you sit, so shall you ride. When we are not balanced on our horse we make it hard for them to do their job.
  • Is your core engaged? Your pelvis balanced and neutral?
    Most people have no idea, but You Will, when you do the simple, fun activities in my program. You'll tip over a lot in the beginning, get wet, and have a laugh. You'll discover you are not as secure on your horse as you should be, but will quickly improve.
  • Are your legs placed evenly under you with your heels on the floor?
    Riders who's heels are up are in more danger of falling forward and have a harder time cueing their horse effectively. Try balancing on one foot. Now lift your heel off the floor and see how much harder it is. Working in the water will challenge your balance just like a horse does.
  • Are you taking nice full rhythmic breaths?
    We tend not to and there's nothing scarier to your horse than You holding your breath. The breath practice in the program will make you more aware of how you breathe and teach you to breathe fully, and move, at the same time.
  • Is your back arched or more likely rounded as you slump in a chair?
    If you sat up in that position you would be looking down, staring at your horse's ears and Not looking where you're going . This is the #1 Rider Problem and the reason horse's don't go forward.
  • Arched or rounded backs also lead to pain issues for us, and our horse.
    The best place for our horse to carry us is right behind his withers. When we are not balanced there, we have to use muscles to stay upright causing tightness and possibly pain. When you try this in the water you'll tip over anyway so you'll quickly learn to balance in a relaxed way.

  • Are your legs stretched out, calves soft and toes pointing down and out?
    This is the #2 Rider Problem. We don't pay attention to the fact that one leg is stronger, one toe turns out more and we get upset with the horse when he makes any of the mistakes above.  They aren't mistakes, or bad behaviour. They are uneven cues by uneven legs.
  • Are you leaning to one side, collapsing your rib cage, putting more weight on one seat bone?
    This causes the same problems as uneven legs and makes it more likely you'll fall off or mis-cue. This happens a lot and is often not corrected by coaches so the #3 Rider Problem identified by coaches is the student is Not Breathing. Like I said earlier, scarey for your horse as well as being needed by your muscles to work properly.

So why is this Good News?
Because I have a simple solution for you.

 "Throughout our day we spend most of our time in postures that do not benefit our riding,
and are not aware of it."

So now you are aware, are you sitting up straight? Will you remember to next time?

It is hard to break old habits,
especially if we only practice when we're on our horse.

Participation in the Equestrian Aquatics program will help you overcome your habits
And help get you to the next level of success, whatever that means to you.

The Equestrian Aquatics program is a favorite with horses because
the movement of the water lets you Train Your Muscles, and Saves His.

If you're ready Now you can click the button to jump to the bottom
where you can sign up to
Purchase Your 1 year Membership

If you'd like some useful tips to ride better and
more information about the program,
please keep reading.

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Does your horse drift one way more than the other?

Is your horse either really slow (lazy, ignoring you) or really fast (panicky)?

This is because You are not balanced and they feel like they might  fall down.

Two Tips to Help Your Horse Move Better

If your seat falls asleep when you're traveling, you are collapsing your ribs on the opposite side and putting more weight on one seat bone.

This too will go away as your brain and your body learn to communicate better working in the water.

Your horse is more likely to drift towards the weighted seat-bone like in the video at the top.

In the meantime, when you notice this, shift your weight on to the non-sleeping seat bone and stretch tall and even through your ribs.

Try to imagine a thumbtack in your shoe and in your back pocket on the heavier (drifting) side.  This will cause you to slightly lift, putting more weight on the other side.

How do You sit on a sofa or a comfy chair?  Which way do you lean?  Chances are it's the same way your coach keeps telling you, or that your saddle mostly slips one way.

Work on sitting up straight. Sitting in the middle of the sofa with feet flat on the floor will help to create the correct habit.

For extreme cases sit on the opposite end of the sofa and stretch your shorter side.

Meryle balancing in riding position on an exercise ball

Sitting on an exercise ball is even better. If you get tired, you're leaning.

As you work through the activities in the program you won't have to think about sitting up straight. 
Your brain will tell your body what to adjust so you don't fall in the water.
It will become your new habit.

Is This Program For Me?

This program  May Not Be  for you if...
  • Well I tried to make a list to go here but really, this program benefits everyone.
  • I haven't met anyone, of any age that couldn't use better Balance, Suppleness and Core Stability
  • It's so exciting when a Member or fellow Mermaid (Merman) as one of our founding members calls them, tells me:
    - How much better their horse is going.
    - How their coach is now able to correct new things instead of the usual three and so progress is finally being made.
    - How much better they feel, both on and off their horse. Just to name a few.

This program Is For You if...
  • You wonder what you can do between lessons or when your horse is off that challenges your body like riding does and speeds up progress?
  • You hate to exercise and you really hate to sweat.  The activities are fun to do, great social events with friends, and playing in the water keeps you cool in the summer and flexible in the winter.

  • You have issues with impact caused by other forms of exercise.  The activities are all either low or no impact.
    No swimming.

Horse in a thought bubble

For the aspiring rider who does not own a horse.

Two horses playing basketball

Cross-training between lessons to accelerate your progress.

A sad horse with a bandage

When you can't ride due to weather or horse injury.

The program includes easy to follow videos, transcripts and cheat-sheets.
Progress at your own pace, on your own time.
The support group is there to answer questions and offer encouragement.
Your success is my priority.

Two More Free Tips for Less Pain, More Gain.

Do You lean forward when you walk?

Leaning forward while walking and then standing up straight

Our habits on the ground become our habits in the saddle. Check yourself when you pass a window.

I used to lean forward when I'd ride, and when I'd walk.  If you do this in the water, you'll tip over.
I now notice immediately when that happens.

The program has helped me develop the core muscles that keep me upright and improved my body awareness, allowing me to break the habit.

When you shovel or sweep or vacuum, which side of your body do you favor?

Make sure you spend at least as much time using the other side of your body until you forget which is your easier side.  When you ride it is important to communicate equally to both sides of your horse.

This is also an opportunity to practice standing up straight while bending your knees and using your hip flexors which is exactly what you need to do when riding.

In the water you will automatically use both sides evenly or you will lose your balance.
You will become aware of your unevenness and challenge your brain to re-find straight and level.

Notice how she collapses to the right in the first photo, but when switching sides, does not collapse left? This sort of unevenness will show up as she tips over in the water. It makes her less secure on her horse and causes accidental weight and leg cues.

So far the tips have been land based, so  Why is Working In the Water Better?

Key Benefits

  • Exercises that you do on land such as planking and sit-ups are often done wrong causing damage and pain. They work your outer core muscles and neglect your inner core like the Psoas which connects your upper and lower body. Not to mention they are hard and make you sweat.

    Horseback riders need both strong, and supple core muscles for balance while riding, an independent seat and to remain pain free.

    This can be accomplished by working in the water where the exercise equivalents we introduce are easier and safer due to the water's buoyancy. You can increase the difficulty as you progress, with less risk of injury.
  • Very few exercises use muscles the way riding does. Exercising in the water is the closest I've found. The water will try and tip you over, just like your horse's movement does.
  • You don't have to think about controlling your horse so you can concentrate on what you feel. The better you control your own body, the more you can aid your horse.
  • Exercises can be made easier or harder depending on water depth so you can follow the same program what ever your fitness level. This is a big benefit when working out with friends.
  • There is time to focus on correct breathing which requires some thought in the beginning.
    First we learn how to breathe effectively and find it easy to do sitting still.
    It is harder to do when moving, and almost impossible to begin learning while riding. 
    Practicing while moving in the water allows it to become a habit so you don't have to think about it when riding.

Bonus Benefits

  • Even when you' are not doing an exercise you will be using core muscles to stabilize yourself.
  • Easy to cool off  and a lot of fun.
    Especially with friends.
  • When you lose your balance you get wet,
    not hurt.

The Way to Improved Body Awareness, Suppleness,  Balance and Core Stability is

Banner says Equestrian Aquatics

Join me for One Years  access and you will become more aware of Your unique postural challenges, and start to improve them.

What is included in Your

"Equestrian Aquatics
Foundation Level Program?"

One Years  Access Includes:

21 Lessons

Each Lesson is about 21 minutes long to fit your busy lifestyle, but you're welcome to do extra.

You can also combine them and work for one hour every 3 days or work at your own pace as you have One Years  access to the program.

7 Modules

The Foundation Level program contains 7 modules that make it easy to target Your key areas and build your foundation from the ground up, to Start You Off Right.

The modules work on each of the following areas but will focus on one aspect. They are Balance, Suppleness, Lower Body, Upper Body, Core Stability, Full Body and Balance Re-visited​.

21 PDF Files

A PDF file accompanies each lesson with both a summary and bonus supplementary information
Including modifications so the exercises in this program are Suitable For All Levels of Fitness
and All Disciplines.

Pool day will include a cheat sheet to take to the pool with you.


You get One Years  Access to a Private Facebook Group page for on-going support, accountability buddies and sharing your course and horse related trials and triumphs.

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136 Videos

There are individual video clips of each exercise so you can
Easily Review What You Need.

The first email of each module you will receive Five new or modified warm-ups.

The second email of each module you will receive Eleven new or modified exercises.

The third email of each module you will take what you learned to the pool and identify your current strengths and weaknesses while having fun!


You get a Bonus Breathing Practice to Improve Your Focus and Awareness while staying both relaxed and toned.
A bonus Breath Practice PDF ​and audio is included.

Horse's Breath
  1. One Years  access to  Program
    • Includes 21 PDF Reports
    • 136 Individual Exercise Videos so it's easy to review
    • 3 Lessons in each of the 7 modules
  2. Bonus Breath Awareness Practice                       $50
    • Breath Practice Audio
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Total Overall Value   $650  

See what some of our clients have to say:

"The water immediately gives me feedback on my challenges that day, and really makes me aware of what I am feeling..."

I've signed up for exercise classes before but don't keep going. They are only offered at set times and if I don't feel like going or am busy, I miss them. Often they are working on things that don't benefit me as a rider. I end up sweaty and sore and don't notice any improvement in my riding.

I love working with the Equestrian Aquatics program because I can work on the balance exercises at home if I don't feel like going out. When I do go out to the pool, it's at my convenience. The water immediately gives me feedback on my challenges that day and really makes me aware of what I am feeling. This is really important for riders that want to dance with their horse, as Trish would say.

The best part is that both my horse and myself can feel the difference in my body, I have fun with my friends and I don't get sweaty exercising.

Anna Hilberry and Navarre doing dressage

and Navarre

"The 21 minute workout means I can be in and out of the pool in an hour..."

"I work on horses bodies, but my own suffers. I like that I can fit in a workout between clients horses. My job uses specific muscles and doing the Equestrian Aquatics program allows me to be more well rounded physically. The 21 minute workout means I can be in and out of the pool in an hour so even on a busy day I can fit one in at lunch time."

Lyz Rudolph Michaels and Shorty on a trail ride

Dynamic Balance Equestrian
and Shorty

"working through the exercises in the water, I can concentrate solely and safely on myself..."

"I have trouble just relaxing and following my horses big movement. It takes a lot of strength to just relax and follow. When I'm not strong enough, I hold my breath and brace myself instead of following the movement and then my horse braces and it gets harder to follow. I need the presence of mind and muscle tone to relax and control my horse. Equestrian Aquatics has done that for me. The breath practice has helped me become more present in my body. The body awareness, created by working through the exercises in the water, where I can concentrate solely and safely on myself has allowed me to develop the presence and muscle tone to ride my horse better."

Meryle Hilberry and Navarre practice shoulder in


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Still not sure?  Here's what participants are saying...

"I have noticed an improvement in balance, both on, and off my horse..."

`My mum tried for years to get me to remember to stand up straight and Trish accomplished this in 21 days. Thanks to this amazing programme, I became much more aware of the habits and unevenness of my body. I got very wet the first few days."

I have noticed an improvement in balance, both on, and off my horse. This has resulted in a lighter, happier, straighter moving horse, and a less clumsy human!

It has been enlightening and tremendous fun and has become a regular activity."

Vicky Harder and Urchin practice a good stretchy walk

Highfields Farm Manager

"my horse now moves better because I'm more balanced on him..."

"I was chopping wood this spring and my son said, my goodness, you have core muscles now. That's the result of doing the Equestrian Aquatics program through the winter.

The benefit for me is, with the suppling and core stability, riding is not hurting my back anymore. That's partly because I have more tone and partly because my horse now moves better because I'm more balanced on him."

Trish Hyatt and Boomer warm up for Dressage

Coach and Trainer
and Boomer

"has helped me immensely with my balance, allowing me to feel more confident..."

"Even though I don't ride, this program has helped me immensely with my balance, allowing me to feel more confident. Most of my life I didn't think about my body. I just used it and it worked. But as you get older your body does not always do what you think it's going to do. Learning to be more aware of my body has been just as big a game changer in improving my stability as the physical benefits of the program."

Ray Nuttall

Retired Heavy-duty Mechanic

Improve Your Dressage Seat

From Dressage Today

By Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel

"To most riders, their seat position on the horse feels normal. It is the result of genetic facts, well-trained muscle memory and long-lasting habits. Every rider becomes numb to his or her problems and even his or her own obvious mistakes while sitting on the horse. Therefore the improvement of the rider’s seat is one of the most difficult goals to achieve: One has to mistrust the feel in his or her own body.  But it is also the most rewarding goal: Horses will react immediately to better balance, less negative tension and/or quicker coordination of the rider."

Working in the water you will know immediately
when you are out of balance.  You'll tip over.

You'll also know when you've found balance without tension because it becomes effortless.

You can then take this feeling back to your horse so
he can mirror and appreciate you.

Trish Hyatt

Trish Hyatt floating in horse pose on pool noodle

If What You Are Doing Was Working
You Wouldn't Be Here.

F.A.Q. Section

How can I be sure this program will help me?

You may be generally unfit or simply unfit for the task of riding or very fit but not progressing as well as you'd like in your riding.  This program is easy to modify to suit all levels of fitness. It's main purpose is to make you aware of and improve your balance, suppleness and core-stability. This will in turn, carry over in to your riding.

What if I don't know how to swim?

There is no swimming in this program just floating with a pool noodle and feet on the ground exercises.

What if I don't like deep water?

You don't have to go any deeper than your chest and many exercises can be done waist deep.

What if I don't have any way to get to the pool?

Sign up for the special that allows you to bring a friend for a reduced rate.

What if I need more information during or after the program?

We have a Facebook group to ask questions, discuss your progress and creative use of the water and find an accountability buddy. I am on there regularly to answer questions and cheer you on.

I'm not sure I have time?

You only have to get to the Pool 7 times during the program but I find at least twice a week makes the progress so much faster.  Even if you  can't make it there you can do some of the exercises at home to keep you on track.  The lessons are designed to take 21 minutes although you're welcome to spend longer on your favorite exercises or combine 3 days in 1 and work out twice a week.

My family and friends think I'm nuts playing in the water!

That's okay, they're probably the same ones who say all you do is sit there while your horse does all the work. 


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$20 * 3 months

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Equestrian Aquatics Foundation Level Equestrian Aquatics Foundation Level