Horses + Yoga

Unlocking athletic performance in equestrians

Do you feel stuck, frustrated, or aching when you ride?

It’s something a lot of equestrians of all disciplines come to me with.

Because the horse industry, as it is today, focuses on the horse.

Which is great, we are alllll about the horses.

But that ignores half the equation- you, the rider. 

If you aren’t at your best (or close), your riding won’t be either. And no amount of circles, training, or drills can unlock a constricted pectoral muscle to relieve back pain or strengthen your hamstrings so your low back doesn’t ache. 

Perfect practice (and you’ve got that down) doesn’t help the onset of nerves so bad you wish you hadn’t eaten…for a week prior- completely blowing your competition run.

Of course, you could just go back to loping all the circles and doing all the things to your horse.

But, if you’re just flat out done with not really fixing the problem and you’re ready to ->

Ride with confidence, athleticism, and enjoy it

Well then, welcome.

It’s time to start treating yourself like the athlete you are- no matter what your riding level.

Now, before you worry about losing riding time, taking care of yourself doesn’t have to take hours. 

Clients of mine have seen results in 5 minutes a day, after one or two classes with me, or from one simple tweak. Of course, they have to do the work and then continue to do the work…but it can fit into your horse life.

What would it feel like to not grab that Advil bottle for the aches you know will happen?

How would you like to show up at a show, cool as a cucumber, and ride at your best? Possibly placing consistently?

To know that every lesson with your trainer will be covering something new with your horse.

Or to know once the ride is over, the horse is untacked, stalls cleaned, and feed moved- you’ll gladly go grab some food and drinks with your barn friends.

I’m on a mission to

Help horse riders of all disciplines enjoy riding again at every level through functional yoga.

Why focus on the rider?

Because that’s what worked for me and took my riding from stuck to consistent improvements. My riding still improves every time I go to the barn thanks to yoga.

I can apply cues better so the horse knows what I want. I can stay calm when we are doing something new or when I’m hopping on a young (or spooky, or a rehab horse). When a horse does need some more ride time…or posting trot…or seated trot (my nemesis)- I can do it without physical pain.

And if I feel stuck or out of whack one day- I know how to fix it.

Basically, I walk my talk.

I’ve been doing this awhile, and while yoga won’t abracadabra all (just the majority of them) your riding woes away, it will help you ride significantly better.

So, while everybody else worries about how to fix every single horse they have, you improve your ability to ride all the horses.

And then see what the horse really needs, now that you’ve helped half the equation.

 

a few ways we can Do the yoga together

I believe in meeting people where they are, while helping them get to their goals. Check out the most effective ways to work with me and choose the one that fits you.

DIY Yoga

You want a program that’s laid out for you and ready to follow. With a good idea of what area of focus you have- whether that’s a body area or yoga goal- you just need the guide.

Pick your program here

Private Sessions

You want to go all in with attention from yours truly to make sure you are on the way to better riding. 

Riders choice of a 10 week in depth program or a package of sessions.

Read more about these options here

New Year, New Rider

‘Tis the season of New Year’s Resolutions

This year, resolve to ride better than you ever have.

Not sure how to do that? I got you! 6 weeks of yoga flows, recipes, and mindset switches, NYNR will get you in riding shape. 

Perfect for those who are heavy on the DIY but want some guidance and a supportive community to get off to a strong start.

Read all the details and grab your spot here.

I can’t wait to work with you

Need some more info? Good- I want you to be well informed to make the best choice for you and your horse. 

Check out the website and if you still have questions- shoot an email to lacy@darkhorseyogastudio.com and I’ll gladly answer them.

Ride Better Today!

Without adding to your saddle time. 

Grab this free yoga flow, roll out your mat (or saddle blanket), and find out how much better you can ride.

Some results have been feeling better, riding better (and longer), and actually being able to enjoy the barn. 

Give me 5 minutes, at least 3 times a week and go from blah to gold buckle worthy.

Yes, please!

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