Seven tips to continue riding in later life

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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