Longe Line Exercises for Seat Improvement & Position Correction
Bertalan de Nemethy
EquestrianCoach is privileged to present the teaching and training methods of Bertalan de Nemethy. During his 25 year post as coach, the legendary equestrian led the United States Equestrian Team to international acclaim in 6 Olympics, 5 Pan American Games, 4 World Championships, and countless international competitions. We start this series with a longe line session designed to establish, maintain and refresh the rider’s proper position in general and to develop a solid seat in particular. He even used these techniques on his team riders right up to and during the Olympic Games. Exercises on the longe line, with a calm, willing horse, allow concentration to be placed on building the rider’s strength and correcting weaknesses.
Running Time: 11 minutes and 15 seconds
A Lunge Lesson
One of the best places to focus on the rider is on the lunge line. This video includes and intro by Bernie Traurig who is a big believer in this exercise. Val Renihan explains the many benefits that are achieved with this type of lesson, including enhancing the rider’s feel, strength and flexibility. She incorporates different exercises that increase the rider’s stability in the tack, encourage the independence of the arms and seat, and build suppleness and core strength.
Running Time: 15 minutes and 15 seconds
The Independent Seat
Denny Emerson discusses the importance of a seat that can absorb the concussion of the horse’s gaits, where the core of the rider’s body becomes one with the horse. With his demonstration riders, he illustrates how a rider can become a better shock absorbing machine with exercises to develop an independent seat.
Running Time: 22 minutes and 7 seconds
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