Biomechanics of the Rider
"Mechanics is the paradise of all sciences."
—Leonardo da Vinci
All too commonly as riders, we are told, "use the leg," "brace the back," "do a half halt," "be more still or stable," "be more elastic," "use your seat," and "relax." All too often, we are not told how to do that—what is the mechanism we need to use? Riding instruction at Osierlea, in San Juan Bautista, California, addresses the biomechanics of the rider, as well as the effective use of the six main physical influences of the rider on their horse.