Rider Balance

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Connect with Your Horse’s Rhythm

Try these unmounted exercises to help find balance and mobilize your hips.

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Dressage Solutions: To Maintain Your Balance

Try this tip from Laura Tomlinson.

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Dressage Solutions: Find Correct Balance

Try this tip from Heather Blitz.

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Refine Horse and Rider Balance to Correctly Channel Energy

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Second-Level combination and suggests exercises to improve balance and prevent leaning.

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Training the Happy Dressage Athlete with JJ Tate

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

Credit: Susan J. Stickle A skilled rider with refined body awareness helps the horse learn to work in a symmetrical balance, which results in less wear and tear on the horse’s body. Lauren Sammis rides Whitman, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding.

Developing Balance and Symmetry in the Dressage Horse and Rider

Lauren Sammis explains how constant awareness of your position in relation to your horse’s body is the key to proper riding.

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Examine Rider Body Balance During Extension and Collection

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Fourth Level combination.

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How Studying Biomechanics Enhances Your Dressage Training

The study of biomechanics provides the basis for understanding multiple facets of dressage.

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Tips to Let Go and Find Suppleness in Your Body

Biomechanics Expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Vanessa Meeks at Second Level

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Engage Your Core to Ride with More Forward Hands

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Erica Longenbach at Training Level.

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How Can I Stay Centered in My Seat While Riding?

Claudia Coley answers this reader-submitted question.

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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.

Credit: Beth Baumert A rider should find her line of travel with her eyes and then ride it from her seat.

A Dressage Rider's Guide to Accuracy and Balance

Learn about the effect your balance has on the independence of your aids and how riding accurate figures can improve you and your horse's balance.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Isabell Werth’s hips are always in balance with the horse because of her open hip angle.

Dressage Position: Balance and Your Hip Angle Explained

Learn how your hip angle can affect your balance in the saddle.

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How Do I Weight My Inside Seat Bone Correctly in a Volte, Circle or Shoulder-In?

The seat bone seems to me like one of the most important aids the rider has. How do I weight it correctly when riding a volte, circle or shoulder-in?