Rider Biomechanics

  • Alignment & Posture (Horse)

    One of the things I talk about at my clinics is how important awareness of our body’s posture is for ...

  • Balance & the Aids

    Does your horse fall in on a left circle and fall out on a circle to the right, or vice versa? Does ...

  • Bending

    The ability of a horse to bend depends on his suppleness and flexibility. Although we often think about ...

  • Circles

    Whether you compete at dressage, do just a little bit of schooling or are just happy hacking out – ...

  • Contact

    The question of what contact is, how soft or firm the contact should be and whether one should always ...

  • Contact & Rein Pressure

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

  • Correcting Crookedness

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

  • Elbows

    I recently read an article by Wendy Murdock about the rider’s elbows and was immediately struck by ...

  • Feeling footfall

    In this article I look at the importance of being able to feel our horse’s footfall and follow his ...

  • Forehand versus Engagement

    In this article I thought we would have a look at on the forehand versus engagement. You might think ...

  • Pull, Push or Pour? The hands.

    I have just returned from a brilliant clinic given by Tom Nagel (author of Zen & Horseback Riding). ...

  • Relationship

    It has been a couple of months since I last wrote my last article, as apart from being on holiday and ...

  • Rider Position & Biomechanics

    Rider Biomechanics is not just about sitting in a pretty position It is about understanding the forces ...

  • Rising Trot

    The trot is a two beat movement with the legs moving in diagonal pairs with a moment of suspension between ...

  • Seat

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

  • Shoulder-In

    In this article I thought I would take a look at the first of the lateral movements, shoulder-in. I ...

  • Side to Side Issues

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

  • The Aids

    When and how we apply our aids can make a huge difference to the way our horse responds. Our aids should ...

  • The Importance of Footfall

    Being able to feel the footfall of your horse and knowing at any given time where each of your horses ...

  • 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 Core

    Whether we are talking about humans or horses a strong and supple core is required to support the spine ...

  • 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 Seat (or why does my horse veer to the left?)

    Have you ever wondered why your horse veers to the left (or right) when you ride up a centre line in ...

  • Transitions

    To ride transitions well is probably one of the most important (and difficult) things one can learn ...

  • Travers

    In this article I thought we would look at the second of the lateral movements – travers (also known ...

  • Troubleshooting – or listening to your horse

    One of the biggest concerns many students seem to have after attending a lesson or a clinic, is how ...

  • Turn on the Forehand in Motion

    The turn on the forehand in motion is one of the first lateral movements that you can teach your horse. ...

  • Turn on the Haunches

    When done properly the “Turn on the Haunches” or “Pirouette” is one of the most effective gymnastic ...

  • Uneven Pelvis

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

  • Weight Aids

    Weight aids are fundamental in riding, but are all too frequently misunderstood or misinterpreted. Even ...

  • Why worry about the rider?

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