Rider Biomechanics

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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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How to Ride with a More Supple, Open Hip to Enhance Your Horse’s Movement

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a horse-and-rider pair at Training Level.

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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: Susanne von Dietze on The Dressage Rider's Seat

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

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Rider Biomechanics: Discover a Deeper and More Effective Dressage Seat

Susanne von Dietze critiques Amber Hall and her young Oldenburg gelding at First Level.

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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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Evaluating Progress in a Second Level Pair

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Second Level combination.

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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 for a Correct Outside Leg Position

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Meghan Drysdale at Third Level.

Credit: Shira Yeger Susanne von Dietze teaches her pupil, Shiori Shimoide, on the 12-year-old Dutch mare Kilda.

The Power of Positive Teaching in Dressage

A learning approach that focuses on trust, challenge and the necessity of mistakes yields satisfying results for dressage student and instructor.

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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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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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Carry Your Hands to Maintain an Active Core

Rider biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Barb Shannahan on Aero.

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The Effect of Upper-Body Balance on Lateral Work

Susanne von Dietze critiques Sarah Ryan at First Level.

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Improve Use of Weight Aids to Influence the Horse

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Sabine Anne Irbe and her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood at the Young Rider level.

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Understand Your Center of Dynamics in the Saddle

Susanne von Dietze critiques Katherine Shelton at Introductory Level.

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Improve Shoulder Position by Creating Positive Tension

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Lone Rytter on her 9-year-old mare.

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Focus on the Spine to Correct Shoulder Position

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Alexandria Belton at Second Level.

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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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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.

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Discover Lateral Stability Within Your Upper Body

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Holly Kranz and her American Quarter Horse at Training Level.