move to improve
move to improve
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The powerful combination of rider biomechanics with Feldenkrais

movement-2Through diligent attention to how they use their body when they are on horse, a rider can significantly impact, in a beneficial way, the way their horse moves.

Rider biomechanics

Much teaching in the horse world is about training the horse. Rider biomechanics focuses on the ‘how to’ of doing it, with a focus on ‘rider training’.

  1. You learn to sit in balance with your horse.
  2. You learn to use the forces within your body to maintain this balance through the paces and movements of your horse.
  3. This in turn makes it much easier for your horse to do what you are asking.
  4. In time, you will learn to feel what is happening in your horse’s body, and what to do with your own body to facilitate corrections.

As with any skill, it takes time to learn, time to understand and time to practise. Some elements are fundamental to the riding of any horse and some will need more or less focus depending on the individual horse you are riding.

“By increasing the rider’s body awareness – incredible improvements can be obtained in a very short time.”

– Mary Wanless

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Feldenkrais for riders

“Learning to use your body more efficiently uses less effort, giving you more to do the things you want to do, making life generally easier. Making the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant.”

– Moshe Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais is a form of somatic learning, using movement, to increase your body awareness and improve your ability to move, or stabilise, in whatever you do, including horse riding.

Movement is a skill, like any other. We all develop bad habits, and these soon start to feel normal. With the exercises performed in the Feldenkrais Method you will use your brain to move in new ways, to explore the options your body has for movement, in a holistic way. You will reeducate your body to move in a more naturally graceful and efficient way.

Feldenkrais for horse riders’ pain

Everyone has falls, knocks and injuries throughout their lives; equestrians more often and with greater impact than most others. In particular:

  • hip pain
  • knee pain
  • lower back pain
  • shoulder pain

Feldenkrais can also help you to be less affected by and recover more quickly from accidents, pain and restricted movement.

A powerful combination

MoveToImprove–Equestrian’s Feldenkrais Method will raise your body awareness and address any restrictions, so you discover new options in your body and make the learning of rider biomechanics easier and more effective.

You will learn how to:

  • relax more
  • sit deeper in the saddle
  • open your hips

How does MoveToImprove–Equestrian work?

The MoveToImprove–Equestrian concept of rider training is best explained by relating it to the familiar and fundamental concept of the Scale of Training for horses.

Riders consider the elements in the left-hand pyramid as they ride and train their horses. But what is the rider trying to achieve?

The new MoveToImprove–Equestrian Riders’ Scale of Training, on the right, takes this concept a stage further and considers the horse and the rider together.

Horse

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Horse + Rider

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Horse

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Horse + Rider

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The elements in the Rider Scale of Training show what MoveToImprove–Equestrian is all about – enabling competition riders to train themselves to maximise the performance of their horses.

Video Testimonials

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Steph – In shock at what you achieved.

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Lucy – Overwhelmed with how much I’ve learnt.

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Liz – I’m without my chronic hip pain for the first time in 2 years.

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