Dressage Seat

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VIDEO with Susanne von Dietze: The Dressage Rider's Seat, Demo Ride

Watch Susanne von Dietze's explanation of rider biomechanics in action.

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VIDEO: Unmounted Exercises for the Dressage Rider's Seat

Susanne von Dietze takes us through an unmounted session where she describes the use of the rider’s seat and leads auditors (and you!) through exercises.

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VIDEO: Susanne von Dietze on The Dressage Rider's Seat

How the rider’s seat, balance and position affect the horse

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Training the Happy Dressage Athlete with JJ Tate

How to develop your dressage horse by teaching him to love learning

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My First Kiss: The Half Halt

A neurosurgeon finds that learning the half halt is more difficult than performing brain surgery.

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Find Your Dressage Seat with Anja Beran

Tips on how to obtain correct posture and a sensitive seat, plus common position problems and how to fix them

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Find a Stable, Forward Seat to Help Your Young Horse

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Andrea Francés on her young horse.

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Can Bareback Riding Improve My Seat?

Melonie Kessler answers this reader question, explaining the benefits of bareback riding for both horse and rider.

Credit: Mary McKenna Always keep your goal in mind: to create harmony between two individual body-movement systems. Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel rides Florenz, a 9-year-old Bavarian Warmblood owned by Sandra Smith.

Improve Your Dressage Seat with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel: Part 2

Now that you have a better understanding of your specific body proportions, find the right exercises to help you progress.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Laura Graves competes the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Steffen Peters and Laura Graves: The Biomechanics of Olympic Dressage Riders

Susanne von Dietze explains what makes these Olympic riders so skilled.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com One of the hallmarks of a classical dressage position is a long, flat thigh. This positioning of the thigh pulls the seat bones down into the saddle, creating a deep, connected seat and stability in the rider’s position.

What is the Role of the Dressage Rider’s Upper Leg?

Sarah Geikie answers this reader question.

Credit: Corinne Foxley Harmony between horse and rider depends on a good seat. Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel rides Morgenstern, owned by Jayne Nessif.

Improve Your Dressage Seat with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel: Part 1

Learn how to understand your own body in order to address your specific position challenges.

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The Balanced Horse with Sylvia Loch

Book Excerpt: Sylvia Loch explains the aids by feel, not force.