The Ideal Dressage Seat Part 2: Coordination of the Riding Aids



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Every rider dreams of being able to give the smallest of aids and our horse reacting as though he can read our mind. This is absolutely possible but entails a lot of work, especially on your own seat and making sure the aids you give are correct. Too much hand or too little, a clamping or flapping leg, positive bodily tension or a wobbly seat- this all has an effect on how a horse goes.

Only once all our aids work together harmonically & effectively; our seat, leg and hands, is it possible to close our horse, or "connect" his back end to his front, with the ability to shorten his frame, extend his frame, all with seemingly little effort to the onlooker. Not only is improving throughness our goal but improving our horses ability to use his back and carry more weight behind.

Dr. Britta Schöffmann explains and shows in this video how important the timing and the intensity of the aids are, in order to avoid any misunderstandings with your horse. "Just the aids being given in the wrong order is enough to prevent the horse from reacting correctly to his riders requests" she reminds us.

Further videos in this series: 

The Ideal Dressage Seat Part 1: The Riding Seat and it's Effects

You will learn in this video:

  • Making sure you are consciously giving the correct riding aids
  • In which exercises the aids must be given in a specific order
  • Keeping a horse between your seat, leg and hands and improving throughness

Dr. Britta Schöffmann

The journalist and former Grand Prix rider turned her hobby into “the most multi-faceted job in the world”: she rides, teaches, and writes. Her books on dressage are read worldwide.

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