Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com
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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I'm a rider (started about 30 years ago). My main discipline is classical dressage, but as my horse will tell you- we also love galloping and jumping cross country or popping over a few fences for fun. I've fox hunted, done a horse trial, played ppg, taken polo lessons, so all of that experience factors in to the work I now do as a personal trainer & specialist in fitness for equestrians. I own EquiFITT.com Fitness & Sport Conditioning, specializing in fitness for equestrians, based in Kemptville. I started the Ride Fit 1-2-3 blog (originally Ride Better 1-2-3) at the invitation of Barnmice as a way of sharing knowledge.
You can get free rider fitness articles articles and subscribe for free to monthly Fittips by emailing me directly or going to the Equifitt.com website. Email: personaltraining@equifitt.com
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horses, dog, cat, finches

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Rider Fitness- those old bones!

Hi, I just posted a blog entry about managing age and injury as a rider. The post was doing some funny formatting, so I had to fix it. Here it is again:

EquiTip July 2010: Those Old Bones…


Posted on July 19, 2010 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Those Old Bones- Ride well after injury (or age!)

Hi, I thought I'd share a recent fitness tip I send out in my newsletter about how to recover from injury and manage age so your body works the way you want it to when you're riding. (by the way, you can sign up to receive free monthly fitness tips for riders at www.equifitt.com )…


Posted on July 17, 2010 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

Ride Fit 1-2-3- How to Ride Better

Hi, with so much going on at this time of year, I thought I'd share my latest fitness tip for equestrians. The EquiTips go around the world to a few thousand readers, and subscription is free (just email me at personaltraining@equifitt.com if you want to subscribe to the fittips). You can also read lots of free articles by looking up Fitness Tip of the Month in the search bar on www.equisearch.com .…


Posted on March 29, 2010 at 10:30am

Ride Fit 1-2-3: Making Sure Your Barn Chores Aren't Causing You Postural Problems in the Saddle

Hello and Happy New Year!

I had a great question recently posted to my page about the effect of barn chores on your body, as a rider. Lorel's question about barn choring is actually quite common, so she gave permission for me to post her question here in the blog so that others could benefit.

Lorel's Question:

Hi Heather, I struggle with a problem which I am sure many other riders have. I am employed working with horses then do farmwork when I get home so I have… Continue

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Ride Fit 1-2-3: Self-carriage & Centered Riding

Since my last blog entry, I decided to follow up the Centered Riding clinic that inspired that blog, with some lessons in the process of becoming a Centered Riding instructor.

It's an interesting journey. If you've never read Sally Swift's book, Centered Riding, I highly recommend that you do: there are great illustrations and visuals in there which can really help you with awareness and posture while you are riding.

The Equifitt work I do most of the time is about building… Continue

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

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At 11:13am on December 28, 2009, Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com said…
Hey Lorel,
Great question on barn choring. I posted my response just now as a new blog.
At 3:34am on December 23, 2009, Lorel Dennis said…
Feel free to use my question in your blog entry. It would be great if it can help any other riders as well. Have a great xmas.
At 6:26am on December 17, 2009, Lorel Dennis said…
Hi Heather, I struggle with a problem which I am sure many other riders have. I am employed working with horses then do farmwork when I get home so I have very overdeveloped mucles on my right side. This tends to make me collapse through the right side when I ride as my left side doesn't hold the same muscle tension. Would you have any recommendations for exercises or stretches I could do to try to even things up and also any tips or tricks as to how to build an awareness of when I am collapsing in the saddle. Its fine when there is someone around to point it out but for most of the week I am on my own without mirrors or help.
At 1:29pm on August 4, 2009, Julie said…
Ah - is that how it works, will do as teach a lot and have a huge interest in bodies, and mine is not working too well just now. Thanks Heather!
At 6:43am on August 4, 2009, Julie said…
having major navigation problems - can't get back to the video now!
At 1:45am on June 26, 2009, Leslie MacDonald said…
Hi Heather--thanks for responding! I have not yet had a chance to look at the blog post but will do so shortly. I would love to let you use the photos, but I did not take the video so unfortunately I do not have the rights to them. However, I am hoping this weekend to coerce my trainer into taking some more photos so I can compare where I'm at now with where I'm at then. If you'd like I can send them to you so you can see if they'd be helpful. I don't mind in the least that you use them, I just unfortunately don't own the ones I posted.

At 2:40pm on June 15, 2009, Jane Savoie said…
Hi Heather,
Can you send it to my webmaster? I'm not computer savvy enough to do it. Her name is Terri and she's at: terri.romine@1netmarketingservice.com
At 5:36pm on June 2, 2009, Jane Savoie said…
Hi Heather,
I just sent an email to y webmaster to add your link. See you this weekend!
At 10:43am on May 26, 2009, Barbara Ellin Fox said…
Hi Heather,
Thank you so much for your help. I'm going to work on all of your suggestions for the summer and maybe by fall I can send you some photos of the new improved me. The only thing I won't be able to do is yoga. Is there an alternative idea?
I don't think I care too much if you use the photos as long as when I send the improved photos you include them for back up! I'm really very paranoid about how I look.
My saddle is a Stubben Roxanne all purpose type. I rode for several years in my dressage saddle (Passier Nicole) and kept making my stirrups longer (and comfortable) until one day I was not able to ride any other way. So I have been on a mission to shorten my stirrups and get my leg together again. I want to be able to ride well in both saddles. I was able to get too comfortable and too unfit in the dressage saddle.
We will be moving this fall to the midwest. A clinic would be great after we get reestablished there. I won't forget. And I have a slew of friends where we are headed who fall into my age category.
The advice and encouragement regarding age for those of us who are having to face the age thing, is really invaluable. We are constantly bombarded with "can't" and the retirement mind set. I bet there are a lot of us out there. My mind says that riding is one of the few sports I'd ought to be able to continue into my 80s, now my body needs to shake off poor thinking and catch up.
Thanks again
At 1:45pm on May 22, 2009, Barbara Ellin Fox said…
Hi Heather,
oops, I just posted everything to the comments from last week when you helped with my problems. I hope you can find them. I had to really "suck it up" to let the world see me.
Tell me more about online coaching, please

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