There are 4 elements of the Dressage Rider Training System:
They combine to achieve Coalescence.
We are currently looking at the element SUPPLENESS.
Suppleness is achieved through a combination of flexibility, elasticity and strength in your muscles and ligaments that surround your joints. I sometimes refer to this as elastic strength. You need this suppleness in all your joints, but especially your vertebrae and hips because they absorb most of the movement of the horse.
Flexibility is the range of extended movement you have in your joint. An increased range of movement allows your body to absorb larger movements and move fluidly with less strain. If your flexibility is restricted in one area such as your hips, then your body will compensate and have to find the rest of the movement required from somewhere else. An example is tight hip flexors giving you a sore lower back. Improved flexibility comes from both the muscles and the ligaments that surround the joint.
Elasticity is the ability of your body to return to its neutral state quickly. Having the flexibility to extend your range of movement is great, but you also need to be able to contract back equally well. Because Dressage, and any form of horse riding, requires quick reaction speeds to adjust constantly to a horses’ movements.
With this constant expansion and contraction, you need to maintain integrity of your muscles, joints & ligaments throughout that range of movement. This means your muscles, joints and ligaments are strong and healthy. They are keeping their correct alignment and position through the movement, functioning in a way that keeps your joints safe and reduces wear and tear over time.
It is this combination of flexibility, elasticity and integrity that creates suppleness in the saddle. If you have too much strength or poor flexibility, you become stiff and rigid and cannot move freely. Likewise if you have very little strength or too much flexibility, then you won’t be stable in the saddle. Maintaining integrity throughout the range of movement keeps your joints, ligaments and muscles safe so you can achieve suppleness in a sustainable manner long-term.
Our Dressage Rider Training program gives you the exact workouts that will improve your suppleness in the saddle. This is a 12-week online program that gives you everything you need to improve your riding. We only run this program 3 times per year, and would love you to join us on the next one.
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The 4 elements below combine to achieve coalescence.What is coalescence?
Suppleness in your muscles, ligaments & joints allows you to move freely with your horses’ movement with less strain on your body.
Stability in the saddle gives you a centered & balanced seat, dramatically helping your horses’ movement.
Improved stamina allows you to ride for longer, maintain mental clarity & not make mistakes. It also reduces your risks of falling.
Your mindset governs the actions you take & decisions you make. Controlling it is the single best life-skill you could have.