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Why Do You Need to Work on Your Position in the Saddle?

Understanding how a good seat and position form the foundation for riding is crucial. Effective communication between rider and horse depends on the quality of the rider’s position and seat.

Amalia in the saddle

Why Balance is Important!

Learn to keep your balance on a moving horse without falling off. Maintain balance and rhythm on a moving horse in all gaits, both vertically and horizontally.


Why is Rhythm so Important?

Learn the key to successful riding: mastering rhythm and balance. Whether in dressage or show jumping, these fundamentals ensure harmony and control in the saddle.

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Why is Symmetry So Important?

Learn how symmetry impacts riding, affecting turns and fence approaches. Addressing any rider asymmetry is crucial for the well-being of both horse and rider.

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Why Do You Need to Work on Your Position in the Saddle?

Learn how a good seat in riding is crucial for effective communication and the well-being of the horse. Riders rely on balance, strength, suppleness, and body control to harmonize with the horse’s movements without causing disturbance.
Amalia in the saddle

The Better Riders Can Control Their Pelvis Movements, the Better they Synchronize With Their Horse.

Understand how the rider’s pelvis movements affect their synchronization with the horse. This connection is vital as the pelvis serves as the primary point of contact with the saddle, especially during the trot.
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Riders’ Pelvic Roll Ability Important for Equestrian Skills and Horse Welfare

Understand how a rider’s pelvic control impacts horse performance and well-being. Better control leads to smoother riding and improved communication, benefiting both rider and horse.
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Did You Know That Dressage Riding Can Increases the Risk for Both Asymmetry and Pain?

Explore how dressage riding can cause rider asymmetry and pain. Imbalances, notably in pelvic height and grip strength, often lead to discomfort.
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Did You Know that Rising Trot is Less Demanding For the Horse Compared to Sitting Trot?

Learn that rising trot is less demanding for horses than sitting trot, reducing force peaks and potentially preventing injuries.
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Did You Know that There is a Relation Between Ridden Asymmetry and Performance on a Balance Chair?

Understand that a rider’s asymmetry affects their performance on a balance chair. In a Swedish study, researchers found a correlation between ridden asymmetry and balance chair performance.
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Did You Know that Many Riders Suffer From Back Pain?

Understand how riders often suffer from back pain. German study found 72.5% incidence, with no differences by discipline, gender, or level. Many dressage riders reported improved pain when riding.
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Did you know that many riders put more force onto the horse’s shoulders during collection?

Understand that many riders unintentionally apply excessive force on their horse’s shoulders during collection. Learning to use your seat effectively is crucial for encouraging your horse to collect and engage its hind limbs.
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Did you know that physical training can improve the rider’s position?

Did you know that physical training can improve a rider’s position? A British study found that a fitness program tailored for riders, developed by Eckhart Meyners, led to better posture and “longer legs” over an eight-week period.
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Does horse’s and rider’s asymmetries effect each other?

Understand that asymmetries in both horses and riders can affect each other during riding. While it’s important for riders to maintain equal contact on both reins, asymmetries like being right or left-handed can also impact the horse’s performance.

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Did you know that a steady lower leg essential for riders in show jumping?

Understand that a steady lower leg is crucial for show jumping riders. Learning proper leg position is vital, as instability can disrupt balance over fences.
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Did you know that many riders are asymmetric?

Understand that many riders have asymmetry, affecting their riding. A British study confirmed this, noting consistent left rotation and greater right shoulder movement in most gaits except right canter.
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What are the most frequent seat deviations among riders?

Understanding the importance of a correct seat and position in horseback riding, a Swedish study revealed common seat deviations, including unbalanced, stiff, or gripping-up thighs. Addressing these can enhance riding performance.
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Inspiration for a good rhythm together with your horse.

Learn to focus on one of the horse’s legs to find rhythm. Practice exercises to improve rider balance and rhythm awareness. Maintain consistent rhythm before, during, and after exercises. Experiment with speed and stride length while keeping rhythm intact. Develop rhythm perception by riding over poles.

Amalia is riding horse

How much force does an equestrian rider put on the horse’s back during riding?

Understand the importance of assessing the force riders apply to their horses’ backs. Learn how factors like weight and skill affect this force and its impact on horse comfort. See how force distribution and rider techniques can minimize discomfort.

sketch position on straight and curved tracks.

The rider’s position on straight and curved tracks.

Learn to position your body correctly on curved tracks when riding. Focus on aligning your center of gravity with the horse’s, maintaining balance in turns, and ensuring equal training on both reins for the horse’s muscle development.