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Rider Biomechanics coaching in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Greater DC region. Emily teaches on school horses in Damascus, MD and travels throughout the region to do clinics and give biomechanics talks. Learn how to sit well, how to have a truly independent seat, legs and hands, and eliminate conflicting signals which confuse the horse. A student of learning theory, Emily uses the most modern coaching techniques, including deep practice and positive reinforcement, which have been proven to be some of the most effective methods of coaching to date.

Ride With Your Mind: Clinic by Mary Wanless

The modern rider's blog

What this Ride With Your Mind Coach thinks about before, during and after lessons. Learning theory, skill retention, attitudes within disciplines, horse behavior, horse training, biomechanics of the rider, biomechanics of the horse, horsemanship.


Ride With Your Mind: Clinic by Mary Wanless

Emily Osborne

Excellent book by Mary, I reference it constantly!  - Emily

American international dressage rider Heather Blitz serves as the model to illustrate brilliant biomechanics, in walk, trot and canter, as well as the advanced movements. Then lessons with a number of riders at different levels show the changes they make as they take the next steps in their learning, discovering how to produce similar patterns in their bodies, and changing their horses in the process.

This book looks at a series of common rider faults or problems and, through words, photos, diagrams and practical exercises, it explains how to correct them. Each issue is demonstrated by a different rider – some working at basic level, others more advanced.
Mary gives each rider a lesson taking her through the changes she has to make, and recording her progress through specially taken photographs. Readers can witness the changes taking place and understand through Mary’s gifted teaching HOW to make the necessary shift to improve their own riding skills. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures show not only the improvements in the rider’s position and effectiveness but also in their horse’s way of going, for the two are interconnected.

American International Grand Prix dressage rider Heather Blitz, who Mary has coached for the last 14 years, acts as the ‘model’ who demonstrates exemplary biomechanics in walk, trot, and canter, as well as in the advanced movements. The book then asks, ‘What is she actually doing? Is she ‘growing tall’, is she ‘stretching her legs down’? etc.’. It offers some alternative descriptions of her skills – which are then taught in the lessons to the other riders.

Among the topics for in-depth discussion are
Rider position
Faults such as tipping forward, leaning back, hollowing the back, rounding the back, and pulling on the inside rein
How our minds and bodies learn new techniques or change old habits
Rider asymmetry
Mental attitudes
Lateral work
Advanced work.