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.
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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
Once the horse feels comfortable with the chewing and bending exercises from the ground, they can be continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl works on simple transitions between walk and trot. Correctly ridden lateral work is the key to really gymnasticizing the horse.
Duration: 18:39 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
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
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: 13:43 Minutes
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.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes