In addition to the high level of skill required to compete in equestrian events, to be a successful competitor you need good strength, and balance and corodination - which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for equestrian, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a rider.
You Need Balance
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in Equestrian. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factor which is considered most important by the readers of this site is Balance and Coordination, with more than two-thirds of the vote. You can add your vote too.
You need balance and coordination most of all
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of equestrian, and the most important according to them are: balance, skill and reaction time. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Equestrian Riders and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.5 Balance & Coordination
4.4 Skill and Technique
4.3 Reaction Time
4.3 Coping with Pressure Situations
4.2 Motivation & Self Confidence
3.8 Strength & Power
3.7 Analytic & Tactical Ability
3.5 Aerobic Endurance
3.0 Body Size and Composition
2.7 Speed / Quickness
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in Equestrian, go here to add your opinion.