It’s not all cruises and bridge for Britain’s older generation. Increasingly, those who should be drawing their pension are looking for sports and pastimes.

Tips to continue riding in later life

  • Look after your body. Sounds simple, but it becomes harder work the older you get
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from physiotherapists, doctors, osteopaths and nutritionists
  • Join a Pilates class and practise daily — suppleness is a key requisite for dressage
  • Watch what you eat — the overall picture still matters
  • Train with friends: it’s more fun and you’ll realise that other people are struggling with the same issues as you
  • Try not to be the rider, groom and driver when competing, as it’s exhausting. Ask for help
  • Never stop learning. It keeps your brain active and will help improve your performance

Read the full feature about older riders in this week’s dressage special issue of H&H (28 February) which includes an exclusive interview with Helen Langehanenberg and all the latest patent kit

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