"Everything rises and falls on leadership."
~ John C. Maxwell
"Riderology™ is where ordinary
riders become extraordinary riders."
~ Kasey Reeder, Instructor
"Ride smarter, not harder!"
~ Kasey Reeder, Coach
"Theory cannot stand alone, but neither can practice stand alone."
~ Eckart Meyners
"Efficiency removes the fluff and fanfare, disregards the gimmicks and trends, and gets to the heart of the movements that create improvement and keep everything in tune." ~ Gray Cook
What is Biomechanics?
Biomechanics is the sports science of movement of a living body, including how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement. In addition, it directly pertains to the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces.
How does this pertain to riding?
Rider biomechanics is a method of how a rider uses their posture and balance to ride in relation to the horse's movement. The two biomechanical systems, each with their own way of functioning, move together to influence each other. This can work in a positive way or to the detriment of the partnership. Horses mirror their rider in movement. As such, it is important for the rider to understand the different elements of biomechanics, and know how individual parts of the body should work and function together while riding. Riders can learn to effectively use their body while riding to reduce the frustration that is very common when you don’t understand how to obtain a balanced and efficient riding position.
Biomechanics of the riding posture includes examining the movement and control of the spine, pelvis, legs, and arms. Furthermore, it is also important to examine the stability of the scapula and shoulder, along with the spine and the core. To learn how you can start to improve your rider biomechanics
How can Riderology™ help me?
Many riding programs may provide quick results in one aspect of riding but neglect another. Riderology™ is not another 'method' of riding. What makes it unique is it's focus on building an individual program around each horse and rider pair, not the other way around. No matter the style of riding, Jumping, Reining, Dressage or Trail riding, all riders are after one thing...to move as one with their horse. I will coach you on how your body and mind can work together to achieve keen body awareness, healthy rider biomechanics, a functional seat, and improved mental strategies. This will allow you to become a more effective, self-reliant rider with minimal effort.
The ability to influence the horse every stride, in a horse-logical manner, is where honest leadership and a true partnership begins.
What is Riderology™?
The study and application of functional riding through an understanding of body awareness, rider biomechanics, and rider development.
Through this systematic and holistic approach, riders learn how the body functions, awareness of individual muscles and joints, mental strategies, emotional discipline and an understanding of the rider’s scale of training. Riderology™ develops riders with the main ingredients of a functional riding form with balance, timing, coordination, and feel in motion. Efficiency and effectiveness is the underlying theme in this system of riding.
In addition, Riderology™ follows the mindset that it is only possible to achieve harmony between horse and rider when you understand the process between them must be a conversation.
Riderology™ Instruction & Coaching
The purpose of Riderology™ is to coach the horse and rider team to make the right decisions at the right time in every situation, even when the instructor is not present.
The goal of Riderology™ is to be as complete and holistic as possible while developing a more effective, efficient, and self-reliant rider at every level and in any discipline.
Riderology™ has reasonable expectations for both horse and rider based on a comprehensive assessment of each, as well as the relationship between them. We implement various methods while coaching students that are based on the understanding of riding as a dialogue between horse and rider. A rider’s learning style combined with the rider’s ability to move in motion (based on his or her individual body structure and fitness level), will determine what and how we coach each student.
Riderology™ strives to meet the individual needs of both horse and rider, because not every rider or horse learns in the same manner. We consider the rider’s age as well as the horse’s age and we take into consideration the role of the rider’s mind, as well as, the horse’s mind. This is fundamental for teaching a student to ride effectively.
Using a dialogue approach, riders can discover how both horse and rider should communicate with each other to find a balanced relationship and to develop harmony in working together. In this, it teaches the rider to understand the complexity of the horse and rider team and how to interpret misunderstandings that may occur during each ride.
Using Riderology™, you will learn:
Private Instruction offered for horse owners at your ranch or mine. We work with riders, beginner through advanced level, Dressage, Western or English.
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What is the Rider's Scale of Training?
There are many books written on the theory of how to train a horse using the principles of riding training scale. However, there is very little written about the rider's scale of training; learning how to manage your body while riding in order to gain the abilities and skills necessary to naturally handle and influence your own movement and that of the horse. Riderology™ is based on the premise that practice should be influenced by theory. And to be effective, riders need to incorporate some theory into their practice. There are six main components of the elusive rider's scale of training and they are the backbone of Riderology™. To learn more about the Rider's Training Scale