It is important when riding lateral movement or canter work that the rider is aware of the outside half of their body, just as when we are riding turns (watch “The Body Language of the Rider Part 4: Riding turns”). The correct body tension and a stable upper body are especially important to enable giving subtle weight, leg and rein riding aids.
Too much strength applied with the legs can block the pelvis and the rider’s hands will automatically move in a backward direction. In order to avoid exaggerated riding aids, it is recommended, for example, to first ride the shoulder-in as shallow as possible and then gradually increase the angle.
The rider should put more weight on the inside for the strike off to canter, however, if that is exaggerated, the contact with the outside seat bone is lost and the centrifugal power carries the horse and rider out of the turn. The understanding of how the inside and outside seat bones work in conjunction with one another is essential for riding straight lines as well as curving lines.
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 Better Leg Position
The Body Language of the Rider Part 3: Sitting and Rising Trot
The Body Language of the Rider Part 4: The Correct Seat while Riding Turns
You will learn in this video:
The physiotherapist Marlies Fischer-Zillinger, together with Claudia Weissauer, have developed the concept of Body Language of the Rider and promote this through their seat improvement courses.> more
Half pass is the next step of the training for Helios. 3 months after the first training videos we can see that the contact has become steadier and that the horse is ready for more difficult exercises. In this video you will see how Uta progressively builds up her training session, using leg yielding and transitions as preparatory exercises for the half pass.
Duration: 00:09:21 Minutes
In the turns, both sides of the rider’s body are equally responsible. A mental picture of a train that uses both tracks equally through the turns is helpful for riding curved lines. In this video, you will see what to do to improve your riding seat while riding curved lines.
Duration: 00:13:43 Minutes
The most common mistake seen in rising trot are legs and hands that are not quiet, that don’t help the horse move as well as he could. In sitting trot, a seat that is not still or quiet, or stiff hips, don’t help the horse either. The various exercises shown here both in the saddle and on the ground can help improve the balance and body awareness of riders.
Duration: 00:19:39 Minutes
Above all, the rider has direct contact with the horse's body via the reins and leg aids and can generate specific behavioral responses through targeted actions. Learn here how important it is to first take a step back yourself and give the horse the time to find out for himself the connection between the demands and the desired reaction.
Duration: 00:25:15 Minutes
"Degni" is an Akhal Teke that raced for one year in Russia. His new home is Gut Rosenhof in the Allgäu, where he is trained by Anja Beran according to the classical dressage training principles. Look at his conversion and development and learn the basics principles of classical dressage training for your riding.
Duration: 00:10:04 Minutes