Understanding rider symmetry for performance - the coaches role
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Welcome, we meet Andy Thomas developer of Testt and our course educator.
Testt’s methodology is based on detailed consideration of riders. We find out how the first observations provided a starting point for Testt.
When you observe a rider what do you see?
We commonly see different types of asymmetry on a horse, they can be differentiated.
In this clip, Andy encourages us to think about forces and the effect of these on suppleness and common asymmetries that you see on a horse.
A shared starting point to promote detailed observation of flat work, here ridden by an amateur eventer.
Watch how the rider and horse change after we use a long resistance band to activate.
Further activation and seat engagement are demonstrated by utilising a small resistance band.
We discover the basics of rider biomechanics and the importance of stability.
Andy defines the correct position of a rider.
Perfecting the turn by enhancing balance, stability and control.
An advanced approach to the assessment and adjustment, featuring a novice dressage rider.
Watch how the dressage horse and rider changes after we use a long resistance band to activate.
Further activation and seat engagement is demonstrated with this dressage rider, by utilising a small resistance band.
Following all the off-horse and on-horse activation, we introduce lateral work with this dressage horse.
An open chain activation exercise.
An exercise to improve the effectiveness of the riders seat.
A closed chain activation exercise.
When do asymmetries start developing in children and can they be prevented.
How can we enhance the riders development to improve their riding skills?
A coach can influence child development positively but it is important to understand how specific areas can possibly affect it negatively.
It is important we understand how the body develops and changes so that we can enhance the development and prevent injury.
As children develop they are vulnerable to injury if pushed too much at the wrong time.