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The Horse Rider's Mechanic Video Series

The whole package including HRM 1: Your Position and HRM 2: Your Balance.

These videos take you through the building blocks, vastly improving your riding. Scroll down for more detail...

About Horse Rider's Mechanic 1: Your Position

Many common horse riding problems, including pain and discomfort when riding, can be attributed to poor rider position. Often riders are not even aware of what is happening to various parts of their body when they are riding. Improving your position is the key to improving your riding. It is of key importance because without addressing the fundamental issues, you cannot obtain an ‘independent seat’.

These videos look at each part of your body in great detail, starting with your feet and working upwards through your ankles, knees and hips. It then looks at your torso, arms, hands and head. Each chapter details what each of these parts of your body should be doing and what you can do to fix any problems you have with them. It is a step by step guide which allows you to fix your own position problems.

After watching these videos, you will have a greater understanding of what is happening to the various parts of your body when you ride and why. You will then be able to continue to improve your position, your seat and your riding in general.

These videos also provide instructors, riding coaches and trainers with lots of valuable rider position tips for teaching clients. You cannot afford to miss out on this great opportunity to learn!

Horse Rider's Mechanic 1: Your position - contents

By watching these videos you will…
A rider’s responsibilities
How to get the most from these videos
1: Your feet
1.1: Your feet should…
1.2: However your feet may…
1.3: What you can do if…
1.3.1: ...feet are unlevel (from side to side)
1.3.2: ...feet are numb
1.3.3: ...feet are not angled correctly
1.3.4: ...feet are painful
1.3.5: ...feet are weighted unevenly
1.3.6: ...feet are losing the stirrups
1.3.7: ...feet are letting the stirrup/s twist
2: Your ankles
2.1: Your ankles should…
2.2: However your ankles may…
2.3: What you can do if…
2.3.1: ...ankles are wobbly
2.3.2: ...ankles are too loose
2.3.3: ...ankles are painful
2.3.4: ...ankles are stiff
2.3.5: ...ankles are behaving differently to each other
3: Your calves
3.1: Your calves should…
3.2: However your calves may…
3.3: What you can do if…
3.3.1: ...calves are too loose
3.3.2: ...calves are too tight
3.3.3: ...calves are painful
4: Your lower legs
4.1: Your lower legs should…
4.2: However your lower legs may…
4.3: What you can do if…
4.3.1: ...lower legs are ‘disengaged’
4.3.2: ...lower legs are flapping
4.3.3: ...lower legs are sticking forward
4.3.4: ...lower legs are sticking out
4.3.5: ...lower legs are tilting too far back
4.3.6: ...lower legs are ineffective
4.4: Your lower legs - a recap
5: Your knees
5.1: Your knees should…
5.2: However your knees may…
5.3: What you can do if…
5.3.1: ...knees are gripping
5.3.2: ...knees are flapping
5.3.3: ...knees are painful, weak or stiff
6: Your thighs
6.1: Your thighs should…
6.2: However your thighs may…
6.3: What you can do if…
6.3.1: ...thighs are gripping
6.3.2: ...thighs are flapping
6.3.3: ...thighs are painful or are weak
7: Your hips
7.1: Your hips should…
7.2: However your hips may…
7.3: What you can do if…
7.3.1: ...hips are painful or are stiff
7.3.2: ...hips are crooked
8: Your lower body
8.1: Your lower body should…
8.2: However your lower body may…
8.3: What you can do if…
8.3.1: ...lower body is unable to follow and absorb the movement
8.3.2: ...lower body is unable to maintain position
8.4: Your lower body – a recap
9: Your torso
9.1: Your torso should…
9.2: However your torso may…
9.3: What you can do if…
9.3.1: ...torso is moving excessively
9.3.2: ...torso is crooked
9.3.3: ...torso is slouching
9.3.4: ...torso is tipping forward
9.3.5: ...torso is leaning back
9.3.6: ...too arched in the lower back
9.3.7: ...lower back is painful
10: Your head and neck
10.1: Your head should…
10.2: However your head may…
10.3: What you can do if…
10.3.1: ...head is incorrectly positioned
10.3.2: ...head is wobbly
11: Your arms
11.1: Your arms should…
11.2: However your arms may…
11.3: What you can do if…
11.3.1: ...arms are hanging incorrectly
11.3.2: ...arms are stiff and unyielding
11.3.3: ...arms are flapping
12: Your hands
12.1: Your hands should…
12.2: However your hands may…
12.3: What you can do if…
12.3.1: ...hands are unable to maintain position
12.3.2: ...hands are moving incorrectly
12.3.3: ...hands are hard and heavy
13: Your upper body
13.1: Your upper body should…
13.2: However your upper body may…
13.3: What you can do if…
13.3.1: ...upper body is unable to follow and absorb the movement
13.3.2: ...upper body is unable to maintain position
13.4: Your upper body – a recap
14: Your whole body
14.1: Your whole body should…
14.2: However your whole body may…
14.3: What you can do if…
14.3.1: ...whole body is unable to follow and absorb the movement
14.3.2: ...whole body is unable to maintain position
14.4: Your whole body – a recap

About Horse Rider's Mechanic 2: Your Balance

Without good balance, you cannot ride to the best of your ability. After improving your position (the first subject in this series), improving your balance will lead to you becoming a more secure and therefore confident rider. Improving your balance is the key to further improving your riding. Most riders need help with this area of their riding life, yet it is not a commonly taught subject.

These videos contain several lessons for each of the three paces, walk, trot and canter. It builds on Horse Rider’s Mechanic 1: Your Position, teaching you how to implement your now improved position and become a safer and more secure rider. The lessons allow you to improve at your own pace, in your own time. They will compliment any instruction you are currently receiving because they concentrate on issues that are generally not covered by most instructors.

These videos also provide instructors, riding coaches and trainers with lots of valuable tips for teaching clients how to improve their balance. You cannot afford to miss out on this great opportunity to learn!

Horse Rider's Mechanic 2: Your balance - contents

By watching these videos you will…
A rider’s responsibilities
How to get the most from these videos
The gaits
Walk
Trot
Canter
Riding the walk
What should happen…
What should not happen…
Walk lesson 1: Moving your seat with your horse in walk
Learning to move your seat with your horse in walk:
Walk lesson 2: The balance position in halt and walk
Learning the balance position in halt and walk:
Riding the trot
Rising trot
What should happen…
What should not happen…
Rising trot lesson 1: Rising to the trot with accuracy and strength
Learning to rise to the trot with accuracy and strength:
Rising trot lesson 2: Landing softly in rising trot
Learning to land softly in rising trot:
Rising trot lesson 3: Lowering your centre of gravity in rising trot
Learning to lower your centre of gravity in rising trot:
Rising trot lesson 4: Two ways to change the diagonal
Learning another way to change the diagonal in rising trot:
Standing trot
What should happen…
What should not happen…
Standing trot lesson 1: Standing and staying balanced in trot
Learning to stand and stay balanced in trot:
Standing trot lesson 2: Maintaining this position through changes of speed and direction
Learning to maintain this position through changes of speed and direction:
Standing trot lesson 3: Feeling for the movement of your horse’s back
Learning to feel for the movement of your horse’s back:
Sitting trot
What should happen…
What should not happen…
Sitting trot lesson 1: Weighting your seat bones and legs correctly
Learning to weight your seat bones and legs correctly:
Sitting trot lesson 2: Feeling the correct movement through your pelvis
Learning to feel the correct movement through your pelvis:
Sitting trot lesson 3: Sitting taller
Learning to sit taller:
Two final lesson for the trot
Final trot lesson 1: Rising straight off on the correct diagonal by feel alone
Learning to rise on the correct diagonal by feel alone:
Final trot lesson 2: Alternating the three styles of trot through changes of speed, direction and gradient
Learning to alternate the three styles of trot through changes of changes of speed, direction and gradient:
Riding the canter
What should happen…
What should not happen…
Canter lesson 1: Weighting your seat bones and legs correctly on a circle
Learning to weight your seat bones and legs correctly on a circle:
Canter lesson 2: Standing in canter
Learning to stand in canter:
Canter lesson 3: Following the movement of your horse’s back
Learning to follow the movement of your horse’s back:
Canter lesson 4: Sitting tall and testing your balance
Learning to sit tall and test your balance:

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