Harmony between horse and rider is the result of properly given commands and fine communication. To do so, the rider uses his seat and aids. In this video, physical instructor Eckart Meyners introduces you to his training program specifically designed to help rider increase body awareness and gain in subtility and efficiency in the saddle.
When working on your own suppleness, you not only gain muscle awareness but also learn how to use your body in a more targeted way. This enables you to give you horse subtle signals and adjust your body in a more efficient manner to his movements.
In this video, you will see various exercises as part of the program. If the speed, number of repetitions, and intensity vary from an exercise to another, you will see that all of them share the same goal: help you move more consciously and effectively. As for horses, the warm-up is a crucial phase of your training, take a look at how to get started!
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Eckart Meyners has lectured as Senior Professor in Physical Education for 38 years at the University of Lüneburg and has been involved in the subject of movement theory for riders for decades. He educates riders, trainers and judges for the FN (German Equestrian Federation) as well as running worldwide courses.> more
At the beginning of their training, every riding student is explained when to use which aid while riding. But how do horses know how to respond to these riding aids? How do you learn to understand the aid language of the rider? Britta Schöffmann not only answers these questions but also explains why the nature of the horse must be considered in the equestrian communication between man and horse.
Duration: 00:19:18 Minutes
Uta Gräf is of the opinion in order to improve performance in dressage, the aids need to be continually refined, until barely visible. She makes sure that she takes enough time with the young horses so that they learn to be ridden with a fine contact to the rider’s hand. This helps her later with further training and is a result of communicating with almost invisible aids.
Duration: 00:15:31 Minutes
In this first part of the series, Dr. Britta Schöffmann gives you a detailed analysis of the rider's position, the relationship between the aids and their use. Using practical examples, you will see the guidelines for a correct and efficient dressage seat and what common mistakes to avoid. A balanced seat is the first step towards applying the riding aids correctly, which is also covered in this video.
Duration: 00:15:21 Minutes
In order to ride fluid transitions between and within gaits, the rider must be able to coordinate the aids accurately. Having explained the technical aspects in the first part of this series, Reinhart Koblitz now demonstrates in practical terms what it means to ride the horse back to front.
Duration: 00:19:09 Minutes
Putting our theoretical knowledge of equine ethology and riding into practise is something every trainer, instructor and rider should be able, or aim, to do. Every action of the horse under saddle is always a reaction-to the rider and surroundings. To know this and respect this is the basis which we should keep in mind when training our horse.
Duration: 00:30:12 Minutes