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EE Level I teacher training

EE level one is for me, the most important level of all. It is purely about teaching the rider, the correct position, correct synchronisation with the horse’s movement in all three paces, and teaching aids that work with, not against the horse.

Covering:

  • Recognition of the correct seat, and all deviations from it.

  • Ability to correct faults at halt.

  • Recognising asymmetry in the seat at halt and correction.

  • Teaching the correct movements of pelvis in walk, recognising when the rider is blocking the walk by pushing with the seat, and correcting.

  • Recognising asymmetry in the seat in walk, and correction.

  • Teaching rising trot. Recognising correct rising trot, and incorrect, correcting incorrect.

  • Sitting trot, recognising correct absorption of the movement and several variations which are incorrect and which block the horse. Sitting trot has perhaps the most possible permutations from the correct, and each needs to have specific corrections.

  • Canter, absorbing the movement correctly, and incorrectly. Canter is the hardest of all to correct when a rider has become set in a particular way to compensate. 

  • Teaching feel, ie when the hindlegs are coming under, or striking the ground, when the horse’s shoulder is back, or swinging forwards. Teaching the rider to feel the correct diagonal, without looking down. Teaching how to feel for the correct canter strike off.

  • Teaching the use of the legs, the use of hands, use of body weight/torso, use of seat.

  • Teaching the aids of the seat, legs, hands, weight and torso. Aids for forwards movement, in all three paces, aids for turning, aids for halt. 

  • Basic transitions halt to walk, walk to trot, trot to canter, and downwards transitions, canter to trot, trot to walk, walk to halt. Walk to canter if horse is capable of it, as is easier to teach the rider.

  • Teaching a dismounted workshop

  • Recognising saddle balance

  • Instilling confidence.