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Can you tell which movement this rider is “riding” from the correct position in the left photo above, and the common mistakes depicted in the middle and on the right?

When correctly positioned (left photo), the rider is looking to the inside, her shoulders and pelvis are likewise turned to the inside and aligned. The left leg (when on the left rein as shown here) drives sideways and the right leg is guarding the horse’s hindquarters.

Common mistakes when riding this mystery movement include: collapsing to the left in the waist with the weight shifting too much to the right, with the shoulders and pelvis lower on the left side (middle photo); and leaning to the left away from the direction of movement, the rider’s weight on the left side as she pushes the horse away, and crooked shoulders and pelvis (right photo).

Which movement is she riding?

 

shoulderin

 

The answer is the shoulder-in!

In the shoulder-in, the horse’s inside hind leg and outside front leg are on the same track (as you can see here). The rider’s upper body is turned slightly toward the inside of the arena without collapsing or succumbing to the other common mistakes mentioned above.

In classical dressage authority Anja Beran’s new book THE DRESSAGE SEAT, she breaks down the physical requirements of the rider’s seat on the horse, as well as its responsibilities during various movements—from the gaits and paces to lateral work, lead changes, piaffe, passage, and pirouettes.

Watch the trailer here:

 

THE DRESSAGE SEAT by Anja Beran is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to download a free chapter or to order.

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Basic left-brain and right-brain tendencies--a quick reference.

Basic left-brain and right-brain tendencies–a quick reference.

 

In her newest book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, renowned horse trainer and animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones explains that although in reality there is much crossover and shared responsibility when it comes to the two brain hemispheres, each of us naturally operates in a manner that can probably be classified as either “left-brained” or “right-brained.”

For example, does math come easily to you? You are probably “left-brained.”

More comfortable with a paintbrush than a calculator? You qualify as a “right-brainer.”

Knowing which way you lean can help you spend some time balancing your overly logical or overly creative tendencies. When it comes to riding and working with your horse, your goal is to actively use both sides of your brain! The learning and thinking process is enhanced when both sides participate in a balanced manner.

Take this quick “hemispheric dominance” quiz to help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.

 

QUIZ:  DO I RIDE WITH MY LEFT BRAIN OR MY RIGHT BRAIN?

 

1  Is your grooming box/tack trunk:

a) neat and organized, with everything labeled and in its place, or

b) overflowing with all the stuff you might need.

 

2  When you are learning a new movement, is it easier for you to:

a) memorize the sequence of aids and talk your way through it, or

b) watch your trainer ride and imitate her actions?

 

3  When your trainer is speaking to you, do you respond more to:

a) her words (what is said), or

b) the word’s pitch and feeling (how it is said)?

 

4  When you audit a clinic, do you:

a) take copious and well-organized notes on your laptop, or

b) never take your eyes off the riders and trainers so you don’t miss a single

action or movement?

 

5  Is it easier to remember people’s:

a) names, or

b) faces?

 

If you answered with all or mostly “a’s,” you are likely left-brain dominant, and you need to really focus on trying to bring more imagination, empathy, vision, and “heart” to your riding.

If you answered with all or mostly “b’s,” you have a tendency to be emotive, perhaps so much so that the immense amount of feeling you ride with clouds your ability to perform, as well as that of your horse. You need to weave a little more clarity into your riding and training.

Remember, riding with hemispheric balance is your aim!

 

Linda Tellington-Jones developed her world-renowned Tellington Method in ways that engage both sides of the horse's brain in order to improve learning ability and performance. Find out how the Tellington Method can do the same thing for your own learning ability and performance in DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL.

Linda Tellington-Jones developed her world-renowned Tellington Method in ways that engage both sides of the horse’s brain in order to improve learning ability and performance. Find out how the Tellington Method can do the same thing for your own learning ability and performance in DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL.

 

You can find out more about how your left brain, right brain, and hemispheric balance affects your work with your horse in DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL by Linda Tellington-Jones.

This unique and highly illustrated book, called “wonderful” by Horse Nation, is out now and available from the TSB online bookstore.

CLICK HERE TO READ A FREE EXCERPT OR ORDER NOW

 

“Frankly, our riding improved after absorbing DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL. We rode with greater mindfulness and clearer intent…a keeper.” —Horse Journal

 

 

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Do you have a question about riding, training, or competing in the dressage ring? Perhaps it’s one that you’ve asked a million times but still haven’t gotten a good answer? Or maybe it’s one you’ve always been afraid to ask? Here’s your chance to ask USEF/FEI dressage judge Janet Foy your most burning dressage question and be part of her new book! Plus, everyone who submits a question is automatically entered to win an autographed copy of the book upon publication.

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