The Riding Doctor

A Prescription for Healthy, Balanced, and Beautiful Riding, Now and for Years to Come

Beth Glosten, MD



After leaving horses behind for many years to pursue her medical career, Dr. Beth Glosten decided it was time to ride again only to discover that, as a middle-aged woman, she struggled with tension, awkwardness, and an aching back. Dr. Glosten's own frustration with riding prompted her to apply her clinical research skills to figure out what it would take to not only create the harmonious picture of horse and rider moving together, but also feel good while doing it.


  • Clear, practical explanations of the realities of the human body and how it can be trained to accommodate the shape and movement of the horse, as well as the skills necessary in all riding sports.
  • More than 50 easy-to-do exercises to help develop fitness and mechanics specific to riding.
  • Over 300 color photographs and more than 40 anatomical illustrations.
  • Case studies examining common problems and practical solutions using the exercises in this book.
  • Recommended warm-ups and workouts to help every rider get started with a program of healthy, pain-free, beautiful riding.


In this book, Dr. Glosten shows others how best to improve their posture and position in order to prevent unnecessary physical degeneration, ensuring they can ride, and ride well, for many years to come. Readers will find basic rider anatomy that is easy to understand, as well as over 50 step-by-step exercises geared toward developing riding skills. Plus, Dr. Glosten has developed a systematic "Rider Checklist" to help you keep track of your position and function in the saddle. Throughout, case studies share rider stories that illustrate the kinds of physical challenges experienced in the saddle in midlife, and how they can be met with proactive, pain-free solutions. The result is a remarkably valuable book.

Additional Information

Author: Beth Glosten, MD

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 232

Illustrations: 315 color photos and 42 illlustrations

ISBN: 9781570766640

By Beth Glosten, MD

Beth Glosten, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Washington and practiced as an academic anesthesiologist, specializing in obstetric anesthesia. While she no longer practices medicine, this background laid a foundation for her analytical approach to rider-position issues.

Dr. Glosten received her Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute and is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance. She operates her RiderPilates program in Redmond, Washington, where she teaches private and small-group, offhorse, exercise and movement classes. She also gives lessons and offers RiderPilates clinics that focus on rider position and function to improve balance and health.

Dr. Glosten has successfully competed in dressage from Training Level through Grand Prix, and has earned her USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals. She is a graduate of the USDF “L” judge training program, with distinction.

Find out more about Dr. Glosten and her RiderPilates program at

Lone Star Horse Report Says:

“Remarkably clear and understandable explanations of riding anatomy and what our bodies ‘do’ on horseback, for riders of all ages, abilities, and equestrian disciplines.”

Equestrian Ink Says:

“...sort of a Centered Riding for the Rest of Us.’”