Rider Position

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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.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst Charlotte Dujardin's riding position shows an almost perfect ear-shoulder-hip-heel alignment

What is Correct Rider Position for Collected Work in Dressage?

Katie Hoefs-Martin discusses the value of correct rider position and how it evolves during collected work.

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The Secret to Following Your Horse’s Motion

Liz Steacie shares advice to help riders find a better sitting trot. Plus, try her unmounted exercise to get a better feel.

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How to Ride with Soft Arms for a Better Connection

The bend in the elbow allows elasticity forward and backward to follow the horse’s mouth every step.

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An Inside Look at Carl Hester's Training System

Training tips, strategies and philosophies from this five-time Olympian and world-class horseman

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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Tune Your Riding Position to Put Your Horse into “Drive”

Understand what it means to have your horse "in front of the leg."

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A U.S. Clinic with Dressage Legend Carl Hester

Get an inside look at this British dressage great's first clinic in America.

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Correcting Rider Asymmetry

Centered Riding founder Sally Swift discusses the importance of being a symmetrical rider and gives several exercises to correct asymmetry.

Bomol demonstrates a correct bend in this 10-meter circle. He has a continuous curve along his spine from his poll to his tail.

Dressage Geometry: 10-Meter Circles Deconstructed

Learn how to ride this important First Level figure.

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.

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.

Jessica Viverios O’Donnell aboard Brendan serves as a demonstration rider at the New England Dressage Association’s 2012 Spring Symposium with (unmounted, from left) Michael Poulin and Carol Lavell.

A Correct Foundation for Dressage

Michael Poulin and Carol Lavell explain why correct rider position and connection are the keys to dressage success.

Credit: Beth Baumert The dressage stance off the horse

Ride with a 'Library-Quiet' Position

Jeremy Steinberg explains exercises to help you improve your dressage position and ride with invisible aids.

Credit: Courtesy, Madison Ingraham Madison Ingraham and Patriot, her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood, compete at First Level.

Develop Straightness at First Level

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Madison Ingraham at First Level.

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Common Causes of Spur Marks and How to Address Them

Kari Garber provides advice to help remedy the issue of spur marks, explaining common causes and possible solutions.

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Nicholas Fyffe: Breed Unbiased

Grand Prix dressage competitor Nicholas Fyffe explains how he trains every horse as an individual.

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Kyra Kyrklund's Smaller Steps for Greater Balance

Dressage Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares a simple solution to common balance problems with horses at any level.

Lessons from a Dressage Clinic with Shannon Peters

Catherine Chamberlain shares how Shannon Peters helped her focus on solid basics, including rider position and the effects of the aids.

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Develop the Quality of Submission in Your Dressage Horse with Helen Langehanenberg

German dressage star Helen Langehanenberg explains the training quality of submission and shares how you can develop it in your horse.