Marlies Fischer-Zillinger, a physiotherapist and Claudia Weissauer, a riding instructor, have come together in order to combine their knowledge. The concept of The Body Language of the Rider is to help riders influence their horses better by sitting correctly and effectively.
If in sitting trot the rider is permanently in contact with the saddle, in rising trot the rider only has a small window of time in which to use the weight aids. Therefore, this brief moment must be used effectively as possible and can only happen with a smooth movement at the right moment.
It is common to see an exaggerated rising and sitting trot, using lots of strength with unsteady lower legs and hands. This all leads to a horse that is tense and cannot stay in a rhythm. Only a balanced rider can go with the horse with quiet, following hands and it is only then that a horse can develop movement to the best of his ability.
To be able to follow the movement properly in sitting trot the rider must allow their hips to follow this movement, moving left and right as well as forwards and backwards. Exercises in the saddle and on the wooden horse can make the rider more aware of how the horse moves and allow themselves to go with this movement.
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The physiotherapist Marlies Fischer-Zillinger, together with Claudia Weissauer, have developed the concept Body Language of the Rider and promote this through their seat improvement courses.> more
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