Improve the Rider, Improve the Horse

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 is where ordinary riders become extraordinary riders."   ~Kasey Reeder

The purpose of Riderology™ is to coach the 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 self-reliant 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? 

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. 

Why is biomechanics important in riding? 

Rider biomechanics is a method of how a rider uses their posture and balance to ride in relation to the horse's movement. It is not just about sitting in a "proper" position, however,  it is about understanding the forces put on your body by your horse’s movement and how to match those forces in the right directions at the correct times. The two biomechanical systems, each with their own way of functioning, move together and influence each other.  This can work in a positive way or to the detriment of the partnership because horses mirror their rider in movement. As such, it is up to the effective rider to change the dynamics from a horse that is unbalanced to that of a balanced, harmonious partnership. Therefore, 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. Applying rider biomechanics, riders can easily learn to effectively use their body while riding and reduce the frustration that is very common when riders don’t understand how to obtain a balanced and efficient riding position. 

The study of riding posture biomechanics 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.

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, 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.  

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:

  • To Improve your Seat
  • Muscle Awareness
  • Control of your Muscles
  • A Better Sense of Balance
  • Subtle Body Movements 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;  Able to Successfully Train Your Horse on Your Own In Between Lessons.
  • How to Prevent Injuries
  • How to actively participate in lessons, enhancing your learning ability.  
  • The Rider's Scale of Training and Much More! 

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 self-reliant rider! By developing more awareness, feel and skills, you will be able to effectively ride and train your horse while using your body efficiently.