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.
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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
When it comes to dressage, harmonic riding and riding with fine, minimal aids begins in one’s head. To always be thinking in a horse-friendly manner means, for Uta Gräf, to see the horse as a partner and both have fun doing the work whilst riding and for her, is the basis for mutual trust, fine riding, and success in the competition arena.
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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.
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The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
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Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes