Human Biomechanics

  • Breathing

    Everyone knows that tension (as in negative tension) is a bad thing for riders. We all get tense when ...

  • Contact & Rein Pressure

    Contact is the third building block in the classic German Scales of Training pyramid following after ...

  • Core

    Most of us will have heard trainers talking about the importance of core strength, but what do they ...

  • Correcting Crookedness

    Over the past few months I have been discussing our asymmetries (both our own and our horses) and how ...

  • Fitness & the Older Rider

    More and more middle-aged and older people ride now. In fact there are more of us than ever before. ...

  • Hands

    Hands are so important when we ride. One often hears comments like “oh, she has such lovely hands” ...

  • Hips

    One of the most common problems I see when doing Posture Assessments on PI is tight hips. Sitting for ...

  • Hyoid

    Like so many instructors, I have asked my students to look up, raise their chests, drop their shoulders, ...

  • Neutral Spine

      Neutral pelvis and neutral spine  - what are they and why should we care? As riders, I suppose ...

  • Posture & Alignment

    Posture is the position in which we hold our body upright against gravity while standing, sitting on ...

  • Psoas

    In the human, the psoas muscles lie deep inside our body, basically behind our internal organs (stomach, ...

  • Rib Cage

    Although we know we need to ride in alignment and know the importance of good posture, most of us don’t ...

  • Seat

    So why is a correct and independent seat so important?  As Bent Branderup wrote in his wonderful book ...

  • Side to Side Issues

    We are all asymmetrical to a greater or lesser extent; we may carry one ear lower than the other, one ...

  • Spinal Misalignment

    Our position has an enormous impact on the way our horse moves underneath us, and our spinal alignment ...

  • The Importance of our Hips

    Our hips have a major influence on the way we ride and the way our horse goes. Tight hips are a major ...

  • The Importance of Straightness

    All horses and all humans are asymmetrical to a greater or lesser extent. The muscles on one side of ...

  • The Importance of the Feet

    So far in this series we have looked at "the importance of straightness" and "the importance of the ...

  • The Importance of the Seat

    A good seat is an essential if we want to be a good rider. Every book and every trainer seems to agree ...

  • The Periformis

    Many riders suffer from lower back pain that spreads downward to their legs and sometimes even their ...

  • Uneven Pelvis

    No one sits on a horse in perfect symmetry. Everyone favours one side over the other to varying degrees, ...

  • Vision

    Anyone who has attended one of my clinics will have heard me talk about vision as one of the key elements ...

  • Why worry about the rider?

    Biomechanics is the study of the functioning of the body in movement using mechanical principles. It ...