In the turns, both sides of the rider’s body are equally responsible. The movement of the horse is influenced by the way the rider is sitting in the turns. A mental picture of a train that uses both tracks equally through the turns is helpful for riding curved lines. The rider must always stay in balance and help the horse with the inside aids as well as the outside.
Often one can see an exaggerated leaning to the inside along with a collapsed hip, with the horse falling out over the shoulder as a result. It is therefore important for the riding seat in the turns that the hips of the rider smoothly follow the movement of the horse but simultaneously maintains a still upper body.
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.
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 3: Sitting and rising trot
The Body Language of the Rider Part 5: Riding with symmetrical weight aids
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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
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: 15:31 Minutes
Structured dressage training, application of the aids, setting goals: profit from the videos of Olympic champion, Ingrid Klimke, and watch as the 4-year-old Soma Bay is trained and gradually starts learning the elementary level exercises. In this video, the dressage work is being ridden outside, on a harvested cornfield, with the goal of practicing lengthening and shortening the strides on long, straight lines.
Duration: 18:19 Minutes
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.
Duration: 26:09 Minutes
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. However, it is very important before one steps behind their horse, to have the correct equipment and to make sure the preparation work in hand is not overlooked.
Duration: 16:44 Minutes
This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
Duration: 10:07 Minutes