The Body Language of the Rider Part 5: Riding with symmetrical weight aids



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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.

You will learn in this video:

  • How, as riders, we often exaggerate our inside riding aids far too much, causing unwanted reactions from our horse
  • How best to distribute our weight in the saddle with our seat bones in the leg yielding
  • How to test your canter aids by riding with one hand

Further videos in this series: 

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

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.

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