What is Rider Biomechanics?
“Biomechanics in sports can be stated as the muscular, joint and skeletal actions
of the body during the execution of a given task, skill and/or technique”
Biomechanics is an integral part of sports - you frequently hear talk of the
mechanics of a pitcher’s throw in baseball, or the mechanics of a tennis or
golf swing. The term rider biomechanics describes how the rider uses their body
during riding and how their posture affects the horse and it's way of moving.
Why is it Important?
There is a continuous interaction between our body and the horses's body.
Everything a rider does has the potential to affect the horse and it’s movement.
A rider’s posture alone has a huge effect on the horse. In order for the rider to
ride well and give signals in a clear way, the rider's posture and seat must be
very good. If the rider is unstable and their leg is constantly moving, then the
horse becomes dull or habituated to this movement. The horse then has difficulty
differentiating between this constant leg movement and an actual leg cue. If the
rider is crooked on the horse then the horse will also be crooked. If a rider is
unbalanced and their weight is constantly shifting, it makes it difficult for the
horse to do his job.
The proper seat gives the rider stability, core strength, lightness, flexibility
in the joints, and the ability to exert precise pressures or cues to communicate
what you want your horse to do. A good seat also gives the rider the ability to
give precise releases when the horse gives the correct response.
Equine Learning Theory explains
that the horse learns from the release of pressure, and if there is no release
or the release is improperly timed, the horse will not learn the correct response.
If the rider uses two conflicting cues together such as leg for go, but pulls
with the reins, the poor horse can not answer both cues. He then can become very
confused or even agitated and may act out, exhibit conflict behavior, or shut down
and be dull or hard in the mouth.
How can Erica Help?
Erica Poseley is a rider biomechanics expert, who specializes in lunging riders to
improve their seats. She is also a certified Ride With Your Mind
In addition she is the first person in the United States to be awarded
a Diploma of Equitation Science
from Dr. Andrew McLean’s
International course on Equine Learning Theory.
Here you can read some Testimonials
from Erica's students to see how she has helped them.
To develop a good seat and correct
effective posture requires an awareness of one’s body. There are several ways that
Erica can help you improve your posture and your communication with your horse:
Lunging: Erica has lunged so many riders in her
career, that she can see the effect of how the person's mechanics, especially
in posting and sitting the trot, and in canter can affect the horse either
positively or negatively. A small change in your posture can have a huge effect.
here for more information about the benefits of Lunging.
Unmounted body awareness workshops: Through a
variety of exercises, Erica can help increase your awareness of your balance,
use of your core, and position of your spine so that you can apply this new
awareness when you get back on your horse.
Video feedback during your lesson: Nothing beats
the instant feedback of video, especially when you and your horse are learning
a new skill or movement, or working on a problem area. Try something and
then see how it actually looked....
Adjustments while Riding: During a regular riding
lesson Erica’s sharp eye can pinpoint small things in your position that can
have huge effects on your horse’s performance, even at the upper levels.
Her knowledge of equine learning theory helps her show how to use your rider
biomechanics to connect better with your horse, improving your horses ability
to perform complex movements such as flying changes and half pass.
A good riding posture takes time to develop, but the end result is the ability
to know you are truly communicating with your horse, in a language of very light
cues and the movements of your seat. This harmony is when riding becomes like art,
and a pure joy, no matter what disciple you are pursuing. It is Erica’s hope that
by achieving correct rider biomechanics and understanding how horses learn, each
ride you have will be harmonious and fun!!
from Erica's students.
To Schedule an Seat Lesson or Equine Learning Theory Consultation:
Contact Erica at email@example.com or
call Erica at (831) 206-9613
Long distance Video Consultations also available, click
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