Core Strength

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What is Correct Arm Position for Dressage Riders?

Sandy Osborn answers this reader-submitted question.

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Rider Biomechanics: Engage Your Core to Find a Deeper Seat

Susanne von Dietze critiques this First-Level combination.

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Find a More Supple Leg and Hip Position While Riding

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a new horse-and-rider pair.

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Progressing Toward More Rider Suppleness

Rider biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques and comments on a progression of Griffin Denham's riding photos.

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How Can I Stay Centered in My Seat While Riding?

Claudia Coley answers this reader-submitted question.

Credit: LA Horstman Photography Rider position and balance affect everything—the horse’s rhythm and tempo, his longitudinal and lateral balance and his willingness to go forward and come back. It’s our job to work with our conformation and that of our horses to find our core strength and balance in the saddle and to maintain them every single time we ride. Shannon Peters rides Weltino’s Magic, a Westphalian gelding owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek.

Dressage Position 101 with Shannon Peters

Become a more effective rider by finding and keeping your balance in the saddle.

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How Can I Improve My Balance in Posting Trot?

Getting the correct balance and mechanics for a good posting trot can take some time and effort.

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How Build Core Stability in the Saddle without Becoming Stiff

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Amanda Peer and her 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The dressage rider’s goal is to develop a classically correct seat (as shown above by Kasey Perry); where she will sit in an ear–shoulder–hip–heel vertical alignment while continuing to swing with the horse’s back.

Learning to Sit the Trot

Joan Williams explains this important step in a dressage rider's development and answers a reader's question.

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The Benefits of Yoga for Dressage Riders

5 Reasons why you should hit the mat between horseback riding lessons