CLINICS

RIDER FOCUSED BIOMECHANICS CLINICS

We offer one-to-one and joint (max 2) biomechanics assessments for all disciplines and abilities. A list of our upcoming clinics can be found here or if you're interested in hosting your own clinic, then please get in touch. All we need is an arena (outdoor or indoor) and some riders - nothing else!

ABOUT THE SESSIONS

The sessions all take place on your own horse, in a normal arena environment (either indoors or outdoors). Depending on which option you choose, the sessions are either 45 minutes or 1 hour long. 

 

Your choices are:

  • £35 - one-to-one (45 minutes)

  • £25 - joint session for two people (1 hour)

  • £40 - one-to-one with slow motion filming (1 hour)

  • £30 - joint session with slow motion filming (1 hour)

Note: these prices do not include school hire, which can vary from venue to venue

SESSION STRUCTURE

These sessions are wholly focused on the rider and their influence on the horse. As such, the sessions are quite easy going for the horses! After a brief warm up on both reins, we start with the slow motion filming (if the rider has opted for it!)

Slow motion filming

We use a high speed camera that captures video frames much faster than both a regular camera and the human eye. 45 seconds of filming turns into a 5 minute video! With the action slower down, riders can see exactly what they are doing and exactly what their horse is doing.

Biomechanics assessment

Next, a rider is fitted with one of our performance jackets. These jackets have "domino" markers on them. Unlike other biomechanics systems, these markers are designed to be seen by the computer, and not by human eyes.

 

After an initial calibration, in which the rider is put in the "perfect" position, the rider is filmed riding down the centre line on both reins in walk, trot and canter. The video is fed into our software, which finds the domino markers and works out their position in three dimensional space. Because the markers are attached to the rider's body, we can then tell how the rider themselves is positioned in 3D. We can actually track their movement too:

After filming, the rider will receive feedback on their posture in two ways: as an animated, 3D stick figure riding along with them (as in the example above) and through a report, which highlights key positional metrics.

Using our software, we can measure if and how far a rider is

  • tipping forwards or backwards

  • hunching their shoulders

  • leaning their body to one side

  • dropping a shoulder

  • twisting their shoulders

  • twisting their hips

The reports are colour coded, with green for good, orange for things to be aware of and red for things to work on. The colour coding helps riders to gauge their performance. Part of an example report is shown below. A full version can be downloaded here.

Coaching

After discussing the results of the biomechanics assessment, the riders will then have a coaching session. This is focused purely on the rider, rather than the horse (although we tend to find that the horses go better once the rider is in a better position!) 

Final feedback

Depending on what we find in the assessments, we will sometimes finish with another biomechanics assessment, so that riders can see the improvements they've made in the session. This type of feedback is extremely valuable for riders who tip forwards or who are twisted without being aware of it. Once straightened up, the riders will feel wonky or like they're tipping backwards. The final assessment can assure them that they're not (even though it may feel like it!)

We'll also finish with another slow motion video (if the rider has opted for it) for a before-and-after comparison

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