Denise O'Reilly uses biomechanics to train Angela and Amber on more engagement: Part 2

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Angela is competing at Prelim level dressage with 11 yr old Conamara mare Amber. Biomechanics coach Denise O'Reilly trains the pair on achieving the engagement required to step up to Novice. Following on from a previous session, Denise asks Angela to ride shoulder-in on a 10m circle in walk. "If the mare takes smaller steps, she must go more sideways" says Denise. In trot, the circle is increased to 18m. "When the steps are bigger and more forwards, you can accept less sideways movement" she continues. "Increased suppleness as a result of the leg-yield enables the hind legs to step under and Amber to travel more forwards therefore creating more engagement" adds Denise.


denise 28 Apr 2017 Thank you Debbie - I am glad you enjoyed the video. I absolutely love seeing the improvements that can be made by combining biomechanics coaching with regular training. Amber and Angela were great pupils for the day and really show what can be achieved without having a 'flashy' horse. Good movement can be developed in most cases, particularly in the trot work through good training and a good seat. Good luck with your learning journey!
Debbie 27 Apr 2017 Denise has a really lovely coaching manner - helping to develop feel in the rider by understanding when the movement is right and using cues like 'left hip forward' to help the rider position themselves correctly to influence the movement. Great effort from Angela and the lovely Amber showed real improvement in her going in a short timeframe. These real-life case studies really help the leisure rider take what is being shown and apply to their own horse and situation. Thank you.

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