In this video, you can watch as a physical instructor, Eckart Meyners, introduces the 6 points of his Movement Awareness training program. By alternating between riding sequences and exercises on the ground you get to see how targeted training affects your riding in the saddle.
There are 6 points to the training program. Each point corresponds to an area of the body. For each area, there are specific exercises designed to fit the exact needs of the rider. It is important to frequently vary the different body movement options so that muscles and brain receive varied signals with greater flexibility being the desired outcome.
Even though the goal of the training is to help rider increase flexibility and self-awareness, you will see that ultimately your horse benefits as well and can move in a better way!
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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
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
The most common mistake seen in rising trot are legs and hands that are not quiet, that don’t help the horse move as well as he could. In sitting trot, a seat that is not still or quiet, or stiff hips, don’t help the horse either. The various exercises shown here both in the saddle and on the ground can help improve the balance and body awareness of riders.
Duration: 00:19:39 Minutes
Every rider dreams of being able to give the smallest of aids and our horse reacting as though he can read our mind. Britta Schöffmann will show you how to make this a reality and why your seat and correct use of the riding aids is so crucial.
Duration: 00:09:15 Minutes
One of the most challenging parts of a secure riding seat is allowing the hips to swing with the horse whilst staying still with the upper body. The leg must hang downwards in an elastic and shock absorbing way and the upper body must have the correct amount of positive tension. The exercises shown here, on and off the horse, help you develop a balanced, secure seat.
Duration: 00:12:33 Minutes
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