Dressage saddles from Free 'n' Easy are suitable for the special requirements of Dressage or Classical riding.
Dressage saddles are not all the same. They often don't fit the horse correctly and often put the rider in an incorrect position.
Try a Free 'n' Easy dressage saddle and your riding will never be the same!
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Balance and poise is so important in Dressage or Classical Riding. Often the much-desired shoulder-hip-heel position seems so hard to obtain and consumes that much muscle power and concentration that there is not much energy left for developing the finer art.
Very often, a rider having problems with his or her horse will think, or be told, that the problems are associated with the way they ride. My view is that you should start looking for a solution by not blaming yourself first. Often it is the case that the way the rider sits on the horse is simply the way the saddle determines, and not in a way which makes it possible to unite the horse and rider in optimum balance. Trying to achieve a natural, balanced riding position, if the saddle is blocking your efforts and those of your horse, is difficult and not at all rewarding. Once you have eliminated every other cause and are sure your saddle allows you to sit in a light, balanced position even when you are tired, then it is time to look at the quality of your riding.
To ride with no tension and minimal stress you must be in balance with your horse at all times. In beginning to think about balance in riding we must remember that the horse has its own system of balanced locomotion. The rider's objective is to minimise any disturbance to this natural balance.
when moving forward move their centre of gravity to match the pace, and the
rider must move her centre of gravity to stay in balance. Walking or running
is a controlled fall forwards; the centre of gravity is pushed forward over
the supporting legs and the farther out it is pushed the quicker the legs
will have to move to stop the fall. Human sprinters seem to be almost falling
over, and with race horses the neck is stretched out and the jockey gets as
far forward as possible. In both examples they are trying to go as fast as
possible, with the centre of gravity moved as far forward as possible, short
of catastrophe. In contrast we can think of the dressage horse and rider,
where the centre of gravity is kept within the area covered by the supporting
legs to give poise and grace in movement. For long distance riding think of
the long distance runner, centre of gravity just out in front, to keep a relaxed,
energy conserving pace, for mile after mile.