The Body Language of the Rider Part 3: Sitting and rising trot 2015-05-25T00:00:00+02:00

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.

Further videos in this series: 
The Body Language of the Rider Part 1: Improving the riding seat
The Body Language of the Rider Part 2: Improving the riding seat with a long, relaxed leg and an upright upper body
The Body Language of the Rider part 4: The correct seat while riding turns
The Body Language of the Rider Part 5: Riding with symmetrical weight aids

You will learn in this video:

  • How to hold your feet without hindering your overall position
  • How to keep your lower legs quiet in rising and sitting trot
  • The consequences of a too strong pelvis in trot and what to do about it

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

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.

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