The Ideal Dressage Seat Part 3: Effectiveness of the Riding Aids



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Becoming an effective rider: the basic seat is correct, the individual aids are becoming better and better... But your horse is still not going on the bit or softening through the poll! "This is absolutely normal" explains Britta Schöffmann "the first big step for every rider, no matter their age, once balance is established, is the path to becoming effective in the saddle".

Feeling and control of your body: That is correct, in order to become effective using the riding aids, not only is body control necessary but a big part is developing feeling for the correct timing of every little aid as well as mental awareness of the entire situation concerning your horse. To learn this needs time.

Exercises to become more effective: As an example, we get to watch a 12-year-old rider and her former school pony with Britta. She shows how to help an inexperienced rider learning effectiveness, which exercises are most helpful and what they are concentrating on. At the end of the lesson, the side reins should (and will be) removed.

You will learn in this video:

  • Exercises to help you develop feel and timing of the riding aids
  • Awareness of why you may not be getting the results expected just yet
  • The role side reins can have when learning

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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