Improve the Rider, Improve the Horse

What is Riderology™? 

The study and application of a functional and comprehensive riding system; developing riders with the main ingredients of a functional riding form with balance, timing, coordination and feel in motion. Through a holistic and integrated 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.

Efficiency and effectiveness are at the heart of this system of riding, while the rider’s training scale is the backbone. 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 is where ordinary riders become extraordinary riders."   ~Kasey Reeder, Coach

The purpose of Riderology™ is to coach ANY rider to ride with more awareness, feel, and skills so that they can humanely ride and train their horses more effectively and efficiently. Also, 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 independent rider at every level and in any discipline. 

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™.  

"Theory cannot stand alone, but neither can pratice stand alone."   ~Eckart Meyners

What is Biomechanics?  

Bio: relating to life        

Mechanics: a branch of physics that studies the movement of motion. 

Human biomechanics is simply the study of structure and function of a living body; what it's made of and how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement. In addition, biomechanics directly pertains to the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. 

Why is Biomechanics important in riding?  

Rider Biomechanics, in the simplest terms, is the ‘how’ and ‘why’ for harmonious and healthy collaboration between horse and rider.

Through Rider Biomechanics you will learn how to achieve a safe and secure riding position and gain a better understanding of what you are doing in your body, to become a more effective rider. You will learn exercises to help you break old negative patterns and how to align your seat and posture with your horse, despite any physical issues that you might have, as well as how to assure you maintain the correct position. Rider Biomechanics is not just about movement, but also about how and why things happen. It is not just “look up and get your heels down”, but why did your heels come up in the first place? It looks at your spine and anatomy to make sure you are sitting in a strong, safe position. Biomechanics can help improve performance and achieve the competitive edge for the more advanced rider. The beginner will learn to sit in a stronger, safer position and find increased confidence from better balance.   

Putting natural ability aside, it is possible for the everyday rider to learn additional tools and skills, to develop more feel and become more effective by learning about their 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 us unique is our 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. We will coach you on how your body and mind can work together to achieve keen body awareness, healthy rider biomechanics, a functional seat, emotional discipline, and improved mental strategies.  This will allow you to become a more effective, independent rider with minimal effort.  

 Using Riderology™, you will learn:

  • True Horsemanship Through Feel
  • To Improve Your Seat
  • Muscle Awareness and Control of Your Muscles
  • To Flow and Become More In-Tune with the Horse's Movement
  • A Better Sense of Balance
  • How to adjust Your Body More Subtly to Guide the Horse
  • How to Reduce Negative Muscle Tension and have Free and Fluid Movement in the Seat
  • How to Regulate the Level of Positive Tension and Relaxation 
  • How to Better Empathize with the Horse
  • To Mobilize Large Joints
  • Flexibility, Coordination, and Overall Fitness
  • Warm Up and Movement Routines for Riders to Enhance Athletic Performance
  • Goal Setting Strategies
  • Rhythm and Reaction Capabilities
  • To Increase your Ability to be Instinctive
  • To Adapt to Changing Situations and Transfer Movement Through the Body
  • To Become More of an Independent Rider
  • How to Prevent Injuries
  • How to actively participate in lessons, enhancing your learning ability.  
  • The Rider's Scale of Training and More! 

"The ability to influence the horse every stride, in a horse-logical manner, is where honest leadership and a true partnership begins." ~ Kasey Reeder, Coach  

Ride Smarter, Not Harder!

Many riding programs may provide quick results in one aspect of riding but neglect another. Riderology™  is not another 'method' of riding. What makes us unique is our focus on building an individual program around each horse and rider pair, not the other way around.

Let us help you to become a complete and independent rider! By developing more awareness, feel and skills, you will be able to effectively and efficiently ride and train your horse, in any discipline, with great success.

Rider's Training Scale