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Understanding why horses behave they way they do is the key to having a better relationship with your horse. For their sake and yours, don’t make assumptions about horse behaviour, get the facts.
I wish this book had been out when I bought my first horse property, it would have saved me a lot of anguish. I love the check list and I am using it as we look for our next property. Vicky, Texas, USA
This book has brought up so many points that I just would not have thought about if I had not read it. Thanks a million! Bob, Nottingham, UK
So many great pictures and such a straightforward way of explaining how to work out what is important, and what is not. Kirsty, Geelong, Australia
This book covers all of the important things about horse behaviour and the information comes from correct scientific sources. Mel, Brisbane, Australia
I now have a far better understanding of my horse whereas before I used to think my horse was behaving a certain way on purpose. Sarah, Devon, UK
Fun to read, great pictures, thanks Jane for making this subject so easy to understand. Pip, NZ
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Learn how to improve your balance so that you feel more secure when riding. This book is the second in this series and it shows you how to increase your balance. It contains 18 lessons for you to follow in your own time.
Learn how to improve your own position so that you ride to the best of your ability. This book is a step by step guide to correcting your own position so that you ride as straight as possible. Your horse will thank you for it!
What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced. Fiona, Toronto, Canada
I am now much closer to achieving a truly ‘independent seat’. Feeling secure and confident. Bring on the next book! Megan, Cambridge, UK
This book is very easy to follow and has saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding, Jan. Kent, UK
The best book I have ever come across on this so important subject. Easy to read and easy to implement. Jan, South Australia
This book sorted out my problem with ‘wonky’ ankles and I can now ride pain free. Megan, Cambridge, UK
Where have you been all my life Jane? This book should have been written years ago! I would say this book is essential reading for riders and riding coaches alike. Linda, Melbourne, Australia
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Horse Rider’s Mechanic is a system for improving your riding that is simple to learn and simple to pass on if you teach. This website is the Internet home of myself, Jane Myers, AKA The Horse Rider’s Mechanic. To find out more about me go to About HRM. Scroll down this page for more information about this website and what it can do for you.
Horse Rider’s Mechanic simplifies the subject of rider biomechanics. What are rider biomechanics? The term biomechanics refers to the way our muscles, bones and joints work together as we move. When applied to riding it is particularly concerned with how the rider uses their posture and balance to ride.
The idea is not new, but rider instruction does not usually focus on this subject. If you have received any information at all about what you are meant to be doing with your body when you ride you have probably been instructed to ‘keep your hands still’, ‘sit still’, ‘push your heels down’ etc. Instructions such as these do not really help you much because they do not explain what you are really meant to be doing with your body when riding, and why.
The Horse Rider’s Mechanic system of riding fills in any omissions (in your foundations) and ‘irons out the kinks’, but, it also moves you quickly to a point where you can get back to doing what you enjoy most.
Once this is achieved you will ride without having to think too much about your position or balance or how you apply the aids because these skills will have become firmly entrenched in your subconscious mind.
This website has many free articles and has information about how you can buy the Horse Riders Mechanic set of workbooks. On this website there is a large free introductory section of each of the workbooks (the whole chapter 1 of Workbook 1 and chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 of Workbook 2) so that you can begin reading each workbook and decide if it contains the sort of information you need.
The first workbook in the series Horse Rider’s Mechanic Workbook 1: Your Position looks in detail at the different areas of your body. It starts with your feet and works upwards, showing you how to check and where necessary, change the position, weighting and feel of each part of your body in turn. You should find that you have several ‘light bulb moments’ as you work your way through the sections. Your position totally affects how you ride, which in turn influences your horse’s locomotion and performance. You first need to gain the correct body position before you can further improve as a rider.
The next workbook in the series Horse Rider’s Mechanic Workbook 2: Your Balance is primarily concerned with your riding balance. It has a series of lessons for you to follow in your own time. It builds on what you have learned in Horse Rider’s Mechanic Workbook 1: Your Position. The balance lessons further improve and consolidate your position.
Remember: a rider’s position and balance are inextricably linked.
You can read a substantial amount of each of the Horse Rider’s Mechanic Workbooks for free right here on this website…