For many riders, training is often about the horse, however, their own seat is of crucial importance for success in the saddle. Without a balanced seat, not only does it become difficult to use the aids correctly and gives the horse clear signals, but it can also keep the horse from moving freely over the back. In this video, Uta Gräf shows you her best exercises for improving your riding seat.
From minute 02:23, you will see how juggling with invisible balls when riding can help you gain independence of the hands. There are several arm movements that can help you gain mobility and balance in the saddle. Gaining consciousness of your upper body is a great start. Uta’s tips: Do these exercises on the lunge, it gives you an opportunity to fully concentrate on your seat!
Training your seat can also be done from the ground. The flexibility of the hips and the ability to keep the upper body in tension are prerequisites for a balanced seat. Develop your own seat training routine, you will see, it is fun and it will make a real difference in your training.
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Ingrid Klimke coaches her student Laura in the use of correct aids with a young and still unfocused horse in an unfamiliar arena. It is very important in such situations that the young horse listens to the rider’s driving aids. Sait Ledger is a 5-year-old Hanovarian gelding who is being trained by his owner Laura.
Duration: 00:09:08 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
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
Philippe Karl explains in great detail both the theory and practical application of teaching the horse a good canter transition. He uses a variety of arena figures and lateral work. Interestingly, the French riding master teaches the first flying changes by having the horse change from the true canter into the counter canter. In order to do pirouette work, the horse has to already be able to show a high degree of collection.
Duration: 00:21:19 Minutes
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