Janice Dulak created Pilates for Dressage® to help horses have better lives through educating the rider. By creating awareness of how to use your body more efficiently, Pilates for Dressage® can help you achieve harmony with your horse.
Try harder and you will get better. Right?
Not so much. If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you always get. Sometimes in the process of learning to ride, you get stuck. Very often, you blame your horse. You can’t sit the trot...you can’t get the horse on the bridle...you can't get your horse to come through the back...
Countless lessons help, but years go by and you still can’t get to second level, or third.
So you go out and buy another horse. Perhaps a school master. And guess what? You still can’t sit the trot.
Frustrated? It can’t be that hard!
When a riding instructor tells you to do something, they often cannot tell you exactly HOW to do it! Pilates for Dressage® is a tried and true way to help you understand what it is your riding instructor wants you to do.
Pilates for Dressage® is a rider training program that works!
We take you from the studio to the saddle and on to the success with your horse you have been looking for. Riders tend to focus more on the horse's progress, fitness and ability, more than they do on their own physical fitness and abilities. When you reach that point where you are stuck, you reach the point where you have to look inside and ask yourself if you have been an equal partner for your horse!
A ballet dancer could spend hours jogging. While it may help her endurance, it won’t help her dance. Similarly, a rider can lift weights or run on the treadmill, but that doesn’t teach her how to ride. Learning how to use your body effectively is key to riding in harmony with your horse.
It isn’t just fitness.
You've often heard, "Relax!" However if you relax completely, you will fall off your horse! Letting go of tense muscles is great, but you have to learn to create positive tension. You will learn to ride with your core and intrinsic muscles so you can allow the global muscles to let go, creating “relaxation.”
Core, core core!
Everyone talks about using your core! But what is that? To be precise, we define “using your core” as “stabilizing your spine.” You stabilize your spine with your transversus abdominus, a large word for an ab that works when you pull your belly button to your backbone. But that is just the start, albeit a huge start. Step by step, you begin to learn how to “use your core” correctly, by first learning how your lower abs are your best friend!