Influence of the rider's posture on the collected horse

Does the rider induce the collection in trot with his movement pattern in high-level dressage horses?

In high-level dressage, collection of the horse is crucial, and is created by an interplay between horse and rider. The rider is able to intervene in the degree of collection of trot by tilting his pelvis more posterior and flex his lumbar back for more and active collection.

The more forward position of the upper body in combination with the anterior rotated pelvis seems a good choice when the influence of the rider needs to be minimised as in free trot.

In collection, a more active influence of the rider is needed. The main aid for collection is the so-called half-halt. It is created by a deeper seat with more weight on the seat bones by creating more tension in the lower back by rotating the pelvis caudally and flex the lumbar back.

> From: Byström et al., Hum Mov Sci 41 (2015) 1-8 . All rights reserved to Elsevier B.V. Click here for the online summary.

Expert opinion by Science-Equine.com

So far there is still a lot unknown about the effects of the rider on the horse. This article gives us more insight in the influences of the rider on the horse, but more research needs to be done.

More knowledge of the effects of the rider on the horse’s movements can give a better understanding of the aids and perhaps a better way of training the horse.

(By Annet Veen, for Science & Equine

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