Horse Bio-mechanics & Horse/Rider Balance

Bio-mechanics entails looking at the natural structure of the body in order to better understand how it should ideally function.

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Change is Hard on the Brain

When I work with riders one of the trickiest parts of making improvements is that the changes don’t always feel right at first.

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Positive vs. Negative Horse Engagement

Engagement simply means that the horse’s hindquarters have become activated and all the power, speed and agility mother nature intended for the horse is now available

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Are you Riding for Fashion or Soundness?

There is sometimes a huge difference in riding positions between what is fashionable and what is bio-mechanically sound. The reality is that balance is balance is balance.

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Riding a Horse with Collection

Many riders think of collection only as a frame that is created by manipulating the head and neck into an arched position

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Riding a Horse is Like Riding a Bicycle

Riding a horse is like riding a bicycle when it comes to balance.

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The Thinking Rider

What characteristics does this responsible rider display?

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Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

Acknowledgements

Photos Contributed by:
Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

Quote Of The Day

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
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