Biomechanics expert Colleen aims to get balance right for horse and rider
"Toes up, heels down" is something that every single rider had drummed into him or her from day one, but have you ever wondered exactly what is keeping your heels down does?
Biomechanics is the mechanics of how the body moves. Be it human or horse, we all move in a mechanical way that can be tested, trained and improved.
Rider biomechanics looks at a rider's movement, position and, most importantly, why imbalances occur in the rider.
It focuses on how the rider's position influences the horse, how to stabilise the rider and strengthen his/her position and, at higher levels, how to refine the rider's aids.
World-renowned rider biomechanics' expert Colleen Kelly is to host a two-day clinic in Ireland this Friday and Saturday, July 5-6.
The biomechanics specialist began her career in exercise physiology, working in rehabilitation gymnasiums and now, some 30 years later, is one of most sought-after speakers around the world.
The Australian native has always been fascinated by the mechanics of movement and, after completing her studies at New South Wales University, started training weight-lifters, runners, swimmers and divers.
In more recent years, Colleen has studied the mechanics and influence of rider position and movement on the horse.