About Ready to Ride

Where it all started…

Ready to Ride is here to help you learn how to maximise your off-horse training to benefit your ridden training. We care so much for the training and management of our horses from an early age, with all manner of therapies offered, yet so often neglect ourselves, the riders. The result of this is that half of the athlete combination is often seriously lacking the same level of management. Now is your chance to rectify this.

I have been working as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 20 years, and as a Veterinary Physiotherapist for 16 years. In 2011 I added Pilates to my ‘tool box’, and it changed my life both professionally and personally. My level of training with my horse Baz, was progressing upwards in a way that I had never thought possible, and I was able to back this up with seriously improving my strength and body awareness with Pilates.

At the same time, I became ever more aware of the lack of attention my clients and friends paid to themselves, usually with time and finances as the reasons. I also heard plenty of excuses given for not being able to achieve results or progress due to the lack of facilities, or not having the right horse.

I have no proper facilities; the horses live on the edge of the Dartmoor, with a grass arena which for large parts of the year is unusable. When I can’t use the arena, it is sloping fields which when it’s wet are boggy. It takes us 30 minutes to travel to the nearest main road, so trips for training and competing are always a mission.

Baz – bar a brief spell with a double bridle which he didn’t get on with – competed up to Advanced in British Dressage (and Prix St Georges in unaffiliated competitions) in a Happy Mouth snaffle and a GP saddle. I just kept thinking that if I can do it, why can’t other people?

I focused on what I could do, not what I couldn’t do, and what I could do was improve ME!

Alongside this, my Pilates clients were asking me to provide them with some form of out-of- class material so that they could continue to work effectively even on their own. For years I said no… I hate the sound of my own voice for starters! Then in 2019 I decided to go for it, and Ready to Ride was born.

Initially just a blog and YouTube channel, it is now steadily growing into so much more, with membership groups up and running and courses in the pipeline. I am so passionate about helping as many riders as possible to improve their body awareness, strength, symmetry, balance and SO much more!

Ready to Ride will always remain at its heart a free service, combining the blog which will cover a large variety of topics which I hope will inform you and guide you as you work to improve your riding, and the YouTube channel.

My aim is to include anatomy, physiology, exercises, injuries and their prevention and specific riding tips. If you have any areas that you specifically want covered then please get in touch. I am always learning – from courses, my riding and training, and from my clients. I also like to share my personal experiences because I know that I find it helpful when others share theirs.

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If you would like to take part in my Pilates classes but don’t live close enough to me to join in person, lack time for a full length class, or can’t afford regular sessions, why don’t you subscribe to the Ready to Ride YouTube channel?


Before you attempt any exercises then please make sure you take a look at the Disclaimer page – boring I know but essential!