Marlies Fischer-Zillinger, a physiotherapist and Claudia Weissauer, a riding instructor, have come together and combined their knowledge for this video. The concept of The Body Language of the Rider is to help riders influence their horses better by sitting correctly and effectively.
Riding seat exercises are of great importance, not just for beginners but also for more advanced riders. Those exercises are used for developing a feeling, secure seat that can swing with the horse. This requires lots of patience, dedication, and fitness.
This video shows the steps required to develop an effective seat, from the correct stirrup length, breathing properly, to feel the movement of the horse. These lessons are analyzed to show common mistakes and exercises to correct them.
Further videos in this series:
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
The Body Language of the Rider Part 5: Riding with Symmetrical Weight Aids
You will learn in this video:
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
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
Riding with the Franklin Balls under the armpits leads to using the reins with more feeling, relaxed shoulders and improved posture. The correct use of the air-filled balls is explained to us by Physical Education expert Eckart Meyners and riding instructor Sibylle Wiemer.
Duration: 00:13:39 Minutes
The most challenging aspect of a secure riding seat is allowing the hips to swing with the horse whilst staying still with the upper body. The leg must hang downwards in an elastic and shock absorbing way and the upper body must have the correct amount of positive tension. The exercises shown here on and off the horse help to develop the necessary security of the seat.
Duration: 00:12:33 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: 00:16:05 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