Coaching the rider

“I enjoy coaching professional, leisure and competition riders of all ages and abilities, who want to improve the communication and control of their horse by providing a range of ethical and uniquely developed techniques”

Karen is delighted to assist all riders attain their next level, helping with dressage, show jumping, cross country and grid work, including preparing for competitions and assisting with confidence building.

“I continue to be amazed at how subtle changes in the riders position can achieve big improvements in the horses way of going”

Rider Biomechanics
Whatever the level of your attainment, we all need someone to check and refine our position in the saddle. This can make the difference between winning and losing a competition both in jumping and dressage. Also enabling a longer, sounder career for the competition or riding horse.

As with all keen athletes wanting to succeed, working on their technique is essential for success, whether it is improving their serve for tennis or their swing for golf. Riders also need to be constantly reviewing their technique. A large part of this is the riders biomechanics; By developing greater awareness of the deep core muscles and posture, this can allow the rider to gain the most balanced, stable and safe position in the saddle, which will improve the competitors chances of winning.

During the first few biomechanics  lessons, invariably the rider notices an immediate difference in the horses performance without consciously focusing on this and the improvement continues as the riders awareness of their biomechanics increases. 

“By working to improve the rider’s position and through subtle adjustments in thought and energy, remarkable changes can be made to the way the horse reacts and performs”

When coaching a dressage or jumping session, Karen monitors the rider’s alignment and balance and physically adjusts their position if necessary. Initially any changes may feel strange, however by using visualisation techniques and trigger words to help the rider, new feelings become new habits. This is followed by work to strengthen the riders’ deep core muscles helping to tone the correct muscle chains, improving stability, strength and precision, aiding clarity for the horse. This usually results in the horse giving instant positive feedback showing improved balance, better posture and movement with greater obedience and understanding. By asking the rider questions and listening to their feedback, Karen will gain an understanding of the riders visual, auditory and kinaesthetic senses and teach accordingly. During the debrief Karen encourages the rider to give a short check list to take away from the session, adding some dismounted exercises if necessary this allows the client to practice before the next session.