Eckart Meyners

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Eckart Meyners
Professor for Physical Education

Movement theory for riders

“In order to learn how to ride with feeling, sitting correctly from head to toe (and most likely stiff as a plank) is not enough. Much more important is learning to adapt to the movement of the horse”

Movement theory for riders has interested Eckart Meyners since 1976. The Physical Educator professor realized early on that although riding teachers had enough knowledge in how horses moved, there was a great lack of understanding and study of the theory of movement for riders. So this was exactly what he decided to specialize in! For more than forty years it has been his goal to make the many facets of the theory of human movement available to riders, trainers and judges. Because problems with a rider’s position are often a combination of problems, Eckart Meyners developed an integrative movement concept that works with different scientific approaches.

The Professor has been a Physical Education lecturer for more than 38 years at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. He has been managing the Institute for the development of performance and movement for the last six years. He has succeeded in introducing riding and riding education as a teaching and research area in a university setting. As a way of increasing the flexibility of the pelvis as the central communication point between horse and rider, he designed the Balimo stool. This special stool increases the sensitivity of the body and helps to improve the posture both on and off the horse.

Eckart Meyners has authored multiple books, videos and papers. For several years now a qualification, based on his methods, as “Movement Trainer EM” has become possible for professional riding instructors. He also trains coaches, trainers, judges and riders worldwide for the FN (German Equestrian Federation).

Currently, Franklin Balls are gaining the interest of many riders and trainers. The possibility to improve the seat and the way the riders give aids with the Franklin Balls has been made into a new video, a collaboration between Eckart Meyners and the German riding instructor Sibylle Wiemer, “Riding with Franklin Balls”.

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