I am a text book definition, but that doesn’t make me less of a person
On living with Borderline Personality Disorder
We all live on a spectrum, in one way or another. Our diets, sexuality, gender, physical health, and mental health puts us somewhere between two extremes. For those lucky enough to live with Borderline Personality Disorder, those extremes vary depending on the day, the hour, or the minute. My doctor says that diagnosis labels aren’t helpful.
Finding motivation to workout is hard. We work hard, ride hard, and in our downtime, it’s hard not to throw on Netflix, binge the latest show, and scroll through Instagram. Hitting the gym or pulling out that yoga mat is always a choice and some days it’s harder than most. So in between selfies of you and your horse, give the following accounts a follow for non-stop #fitspiration.
Ellesse Jordan Tzinberg is a Grand Prix dressage rider, boxer, model, and pilates instructor. She is based in Wellington, Fla., in the winter and Denmark in the summer, training under Rune Willum with goals of competing in the 2018 World Equestrian Games, World Cup finals, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
As riders, we want a strong core not to be thin, but to stay balanced and strong in the saddle. But we’re also short on time and, let’s face it, want to spend our free time at the barn instead of the gym. XHIT Daily has put out amazing and quick workouts that target the muscles riders need to work the most.
We talk a lot about yoga here at Stable & Spice, not only because it feels good, but because it’s good for you. But with so many different types of yoga out there, it’s hard to know which one is best for a rider, let alone best for you. In picking what type of practice you want to focus on, consider your goals for that day. Are you looking to quiet your mind and stretch your body? To really work and engage your core?
If you’re looking for a good way to cleanse your body of processed chemicals and sugars, the Whole30 diet is a great option. It asks you to cut out sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods, plus only eat clean, for 30 days — which seems like it doesn’t leave you a lot. With the limitations of this diet, you have to become extremely conscious of what you’re putting in your body.
Hybrid workouts can be a rider’s secret weapon to staying in shape. With many different options on ways to mix different types of workouts, it’s hard to decide which ones to go with. For many, Yoga is a staple of their fitness routine, since it can help a rider improve flexibility, balance, focus, and strengthen their core muscles. But when combined with other workouts like Barre, which already has some yoga elements to it, you can get deeper stretches and stronger muscles.
Sharing an arena is never easy. If the world was perfect, we’d show up at the barn to a freshly-dragged arena and no one else waiting to use it. Just you, your horse, and the fresh prints you leave in the ground as you work or have your lesson. But the world isn’t perfect and more often than not, if your arena is big enough, you’re sharing the space, especially in the evenings and on weekends. Here are a few rules to follow when you find yourself maneuvering around your fellow riders.
I’m not going to lie, I’m saying I want to compete next year because I feel pressured to. I don’t have goals of becoming a Grand Prix rider, let alone the budget. I don’t know what I would do with ribbons if I actually won any. And, honestly, I don’t know how I’d take losing even if I’m expecting to. This feeling comes from years of being made to feel like there’s no point to me riding if I’m not competing.
Finding a barn to call home doesn’t happen all at once. Some barns are love at first sight: perfect and pristine, worthy of a thousand reblogs on Tumblr and likes on Instagram. But they aren’t a place where you feel at home. To be honest, barns like that make me anxious as hell because I don’t want to make a mess and worry about making more work for the stablehands.
I’m one of those girls who you look at and know they’re a Dressage Queen (in training, at least). My riding outfit always matches and gets a lot of love on Instagram. I make sure my aesthetic matches my horse, my saddle, and even my saddle pad. I’m that person who has not one, but two monogrammed dressage pads, plus a pad with a logo from one of my favorite equestrian brands. My latest pad showed up this week and my husband finally said, “Don’t you already have a saddle pad?”
Confidence is a fickle friend. Some days, we’re on top of our game: our legs are steady, our seats are deep, our heels are stretched down. On these days, we ask for something once and our horse responds. But then there are the other days. The days where nothing is going right, we can’t get our footing, let alone our balance. There are days we can’t find the courage or collection to go forward, let alone go faster and keep everything together. That’s why there’s no shame in asking your trainer...
As riders, we’re constantly focusing on making our legs longer and our core more stable. What we forget about, though, is how important it is to have open, flexible hips. This is especially important when we start working beyond the rising trot. We need our hips to be able to move with the motion of our horse and the saddle.
Yoga is extremely beneficial to riders of all disciplines. Not only can it help you strengthen your core, lengthen and straighten your spine, and open your hips, yoga can also help you steady your focus and breathing. Getting to a yoga class can be difficult, especially when you’re fitting in ride time around work and maybe even a social life. Thankfully, there are many amazing yoga apps available so you can strike a pose anywhere.
Buying your first house might be as exciting as buying your first horse. The judges are still out on this one. I know I was excited when I finally moved into my house, that my husband and I were happy to finally have a space of our own, away from the sounds of neighbors that we’d share walls with. We bought a house that was “move-in” ready but still needed updates and repairs.