Jec Ballou

By offering simple and clear exercises to help riders implement their knowledge, Jec A. Ballou is a leader in the field of horse fitness. Through her popular clinics, top-selling training books, and expo appearances she gives riders the tools to optimize their horses' athleticism, making them a more sounder, safer, and happier partner.


A popular presenter at Midwest Horse Fair, Mane Event, Western States Horse Expo, Southeast Equine expo and nationwide clinics, Jec Ballou delivers straightforward tools to help equine athletes across multiple disciplines. Combining an expertise in horse fitness and dressage, her methods deliver riders measurable success in an environment that prioritizes kindness to the horse. 

Widely appreciated as the author of best-selling 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider, Jec’s aim is to meet what she sees as an enormous need within the industry for simple, clear, and practical information. 101 Dressage remains one of the top sellers of all equine instruction books and has been translated into five foreign languages.

Jec’s second book, Equine Fitness, was named #2 among the best horse-related books by the American Horse Publications awards when it debuted. It has helped countless riders condition their horses for better performance and guided dozens more through rehab periods following injury or prolonged time off.

Jec Ballou

Jec's 2021 Presentations

How to Get Your Horse Fit - Day 1

Better comfort and performance come from better fitness, but it starts by identifying which system is most in need-- cardio, muscular-skeletal strength, neuromuscular coordination and proprioception? This video helps you create-- and execute-- a plan for improving your horse's fitness and thereby his well-being, rideability, and longevity.