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Happy Claire Myers riding a horse

pilates for horse-riders

1:1 sessions, group courses, 1 off workshops, winter courses, camp sessions, Live or On-Line.  We can work on the mat, on the saddle horse, or in the saddle alongside your instructor.  Sessions can be tailored and organised according to you or your group's needs.  Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements

What to expect with my rider sessions 

As an experienced Pilates instructor, Claire immediately realised how powerful Pilates training would be for Riders.

She is all about the rider, identifying the best exercises and instructions to help the rider control & manage their body whether that is for clearer aids, reducing injury/pain or a more balanced & secure seat.

Claire has been teaching Pilates for many years, teaching over 150 customers weekly in group & private sessions, as well monthly Rider workshops. She has ridden her many horses in all disciplines, currently focusing on rehab, schooling and hacking.

Winter Series 

Rider Specific Pilates course using matwork and small props

Develop flexibility, strength and awareness


Course of 4 sessions recorded for Live and Later 

Next Dates: TBA   message for info 

Wednesdays 7-8:30pm

£60    when paid by EarlyBird      (£80 thereafter)  

Saddlework 3 Phase Sessions
  • Start with a ridden session under instruction

  • Fine tune the postural assessment on the static saddlehorse

  • Then work on your body with targeted mat work exercises specific to what we find

These are done at your yard with your riding instructor. Usually Saturdays. 

3 hour session (2 people min)

£70 per person​

Saddleworks Online Group

Join the pay to view Facebook Group (unlimited access).

Varied and fresh content.

  • 5 themed workouts - Core, Release, Warm-Up, Strength, On-Horse

  • Exercise Inspiration

  • Tuition for correct movement, exercises, stretches

  • Routines targeted for Horse Riders 

  • Email support

£25 per person

Tailored Private or 1:1 Sessions

As above, but specifically for you, or you and your friends, tailored to your particular needs. 


E.g: A studio based Workshop (minimum 4 participants) including saddlehorse demonstration, rider specific matwork Pilates, exercises using small equipment, balls, bands etc. and note handout to take home or 3 Phase session (see details above).

1:1 sessions are the most targeted and effective way to produce results

Get in touch for​ pricing

  • What are the different levels?
    My classes are divided into 2 levels: Gentle & Improvers. Gentle classes are suitable for beginners and those who prefer a slower pace, I encourage everyone to start here. Improvers offers different and varied levels of challenge which build on the foundations established in the Gentle classes. These are for those who know the principles of my classes, know their limits, and can modify exercises according to their needs and limitations.
  • If I am very fit do I have to start with a gentle class?
    Learning Pilates is a process…we are trying to re-program certain movements or habits. Regardless of your existing level of fitness, this requires starting at the beginning with the basics and building up gradually. It can take a few weeks to learn and build correct technique. The need for this gradual process is often more evident in a very ‘fit’ person.
  • How long before I move up?
    Everybody learns at their own pace, some people like to stay in a gentler class for longer than others. Most people do a (Beginners) Gentle course of 6 weeks, then re-do it to feel confident they are working correctly, before moving on to the Improver (more difficult) class. Progress comes from practise and repetition. This gives your mind and body time to process and absorb the work. You will develop awareness of what is comfortable and possible for your body. Rather than wanting to 'perform' any particular movement, it is about recognising when to push on and when to be cautious. Once you recognise your limits, you can join any level of class as you will naturally know when to modify.
  • Will it help my bad back/neck/shoulder/hip?
    Over the years, I have seen many people feel much relief and improvement from a range of different injuries and conditions. The combination of movement and strength-focused exercises, along with simple variety can bring physical support. However, building awareness is key. Awareness helps us move in different ways which can really help.
  • What should I expect to happen during a class?
    There are usually 8-12 participants in each class. The class is predominantly done laying on the mat (where problems with your back or other joints are less effected). As we move down to the mat, we will sometimes pause for an exercise on All 4's. Occasionally, we'll start (or finish) with a short standing routine as this is important for function. Moves will be developed gradually over the class and term, alternatives are always given. Let me know if there are any moves you cannot do, or do not like! Although I don't tend to demonstrate the moves (as it is useful for you to listen and feel the work in your own body), I'm happy to show you if needed. I may come and adjust your body or help you individually. Let me know if you'd rather I didn't correct/touch you
  • What should I bring?
    You will need you own mat, ideally a thick 10ml Pilates mat (rather than a yoga mat). Let me know if you need any help or advice to purchase one. You may like to bring a small towel for under your head. Wear socks (no shoes) and comfy, loose or stretchy clothing without belts or anything which could restrict your movements.
  • What if it's too hard?
    All exercises can be modified, we will explore versions of the movement work for our own bodies. Starting with the Gentle class helps us learn the principles. A better place to start is: what is the easiest version of this exercise that I can do? Some positions or exercises may feel challenging but it should never hurt. If it does hurt...STOP, we will find another way. We can always work out an different version of the movement or exercise.
  • What are the benefits of Pilates?
    Benefits are many and varied, they are different for everyone. They may include improved strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, awareness and vitality. Many injuries can be helped through Pilates. Firstly it brings improved body awareness, helping you mange your body and injuries in a more supportive way. Secondly, building muscle tone helps protect joints and bones. Check on the website or email me to find out how Pilates can benefit you personally.
  • Can I do it with a bad back or other injury?
    Absolutely. Being gentle, the beginners movements do not usually cause discomfort, as long as you are able to lay on your spine or side. Modifications can always be given if certain exercises are not useful or comfortable.
  • Are there men in the class?
    Yes! Everyone can do Pilates. Usually, classes are mixed, but once everybody gets down onto the floor and starts to concentrate, they are unaware of who else is in the class.
  • What if I can't keep up in class?
    Everyone works and develops at their own pace. You may find a certain exercise or position easy, whilst somebody else finds the same thing challenging. Starting with a Gentle level class will give you the time & space to help you figure things out. Also, you do not need to be 'fit' to do Pilates. The Gentle classes are challenging your brain as much as your body. We start with awareness, progressing the physical movements, at your pace.
  • What if I can't walk?
    You'll be able to participate in the class as long as you can arrive at the venue, get down onto the floor and lay down on a mat - even if you require support such as a chair to help you. You can do exercises on a chair when we do the occasional bit of standing work, if the position is uncomfortable for you. Practise getting to and from the floor at home, I can give you guidance with that.
  • What are the different membership options?
    There are 2 options, depending on how much content, variety and flexibility of access you require. *The All, gives you access to one live class per week and All digital workout options. Fast track to Strength & Flexibility *The One, offering one class per week (live or on-line). The details for membership options can be viewed HERE ( ). They include digital as well as in-person class options.
  • How long is the term?
    The courses last 6 weeks. A new 6 week term will then re-start (There is sometimes a pause in the dates as classes may span public holidays) The normal timetable classes stop over the holidays, however, I do offer maintenance classes for those of you who can’t bear to stop! There will also ALWAYS be digital classes available for you to do at home, via Zoom, Facebook or Youtube link. Sign up over holidays or join 'The All' membership where access is free over holidays & breaks (excluding August) Dates for the courses will always be issued in advance, and can be found on my website. (link to page) If you join mid-way through the term, you can pay pro-rata for the classes you attend.
  • Can I join mid term?
    Yes. If you join mid-way through the term, you can pay pro-rata for the classes you attend. The EarlyBird discount will then apply when you re-book into the new term
  • Can you book by the class or pay on the day?
    All classes are booked and paid by the term (6 week course). There is the possibility to pay for single digital class (a pre-recorded or zoom session). To book, please email me HERE. Payment is required in advance via BACs, or cash.
  • What if I miss a class?
    If you miss a class, I can send you a pre-recorded version of the class. This ensures you maintain continuity through the term. If you are on The All membership, missed classes may be made up by attending another live class, if there is availability.
  • How long does the pre-record class link last?
    The link will remain live from Monday to Sunday of the given week - 7 days
  • Is there an early bird discount for regulars?
    You can benefit from the EarlyBird discount by booking and paying in advance. Your place will be held until the Book & Pay date, after which, available places will be offered out.
  • What happens over the holidays?
    The normal timetable classes stop over the holidays, however, I do offer maintenance classes for those of you who can’t bear to stop! There will also ALWAYS be digital classes available for you to do at home, via Zoom, Facebook or Youtube link. Sign up over holidays or join 'The All' membership where access is free over the breaks (excluding August)
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