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HRM article and video - The elusive Independent Seat

The subject of rider biomechanics focuses on the rider in detail. A rider wants their horse to be ‘straight’, ‘supple’, ‘balanced’ etc. but a horse cannot be any of these if their rider is hindering rather than helping them due to their own position and balance problems. Which in effect means that they do not (yet) have an 'independent seat'...

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HRM article - Your body and how it affects your riding

This article is about your body and how it can affect your riding. Most of the information about riding assumes that you have a standard body shape and no previous injuries or disabilities. Of course, the reality is often quite the opposite. Everyone has a variety of issues with their body (even those that at first glance appear to have a ‘perfect’ body). Not all of these issues are necessarily a problem, but being aware of your body, its strong points and it weak points, will help you to be a better rider...

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HRM article and video - Your Centre of Gravity

This article is about why you need to get in touch with your inner CoG (centre of gravity)! Both yourself and your horse have what is called a centre of gravity (CoG). The CoG of an average human is around their navel. This means that if you were made of cardboard and someone stuck a pin in you at that point they would be able to spin you around easily!

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HRM article - Your riding confidence, losing it and getting it back

Everyone who rides wants to be a confident rider, but for many this is a difficult goal. A loss of confidence has many implications as to how well and how safely you ride. Losing your confidence can happen suddenly and unexpectedly or over a long period of time...

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HRM article and video - Your stirrup length, what is just right?

The correct stirrup length is very important. When your stirrups are the correct length you can fully utilise the dip and spring function of the joints in your legs. This will be particularly felt in trot but also in canter...

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HRM article 6 Your saddle

Your saddle plays a crucial part in the correct alignment of your legs and body, and this correct alignment, in turn, is crucial to riding well. This article covers some of the issues that are commonly raised in my (Horse Rider’s Mechanic) clinics with regards saddles and how your choice of saddle affects your riding position, balance and security. It also describes different types of saddles and how they might help or hinder you in your chosen pursuit...

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More Horse Rider's Mechanic articles:

HRM article - Do you wish you had longer legs?

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HRM - Riding without stirrups - a good idea? Yes? No?

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HRM - Is there such a thing as a natural rider?

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