US 20090098520 A1
An efficient and economical dressage training device and method that teaches dressage riders proper hip and elbow flexion and extension instinctively establishing muscle memory patterns in the rider.
1. A device for training a dressage rider or for a similar equestrian rider proper hip and elbow flexion and extension to remain in harmonious and influential motion while mounted, said device comprising:
A flexible ball,
said ball constructed in whole or in part of a rubber or similar material or a combination thereof,
said ball shaped in a round or oblong shape or similar shape emulating the back of a horse,
said ball may be non-inflatable or inflatable;
said ball containing an upper portion for receiving a rider and a lower portion for contacting the ground,
said ball containing an attachment means to receive blocks located on opposing sides of said ball;
said attachment means constructed of Velcro or other similar connecting material;
said ball containing blocks to contact the upper portion of the rider's thighs to emulate a dressage saddle;
said blocks attached to said ball by an attachment means such as Velcro or similar connecting material;
said blocks constructed in whole or in part of foam, rubber or plastic or similar material.
2. The device of
Said reins simulating the reins encountered by the rider on an actual horse.
3. The device of
Said stirrups simulating the stirrups encountered by the rider on an actual horse;
Said stirrups constructed similar to stirrups found on an actual riding saddle or, alternatively, constructed in the form of blocks placed on the ground underneath the rider's foot.
4. The device of
5. A method of equestrian training for a rider to maintain proper hip and elbow flexion and extension for dressage riding having an rounded ball, stirrups, thigh blocks, and reins, said method comprising the steps of:
positioning the rider upon the top of the ball with the rider properly holding the rein's and the rider's legs properly positioned with the thigh blocks and stirrups;
observing the rider and ball;
adjusting the ball shape, thigh blocks, stirrups and reins to allow for variations in proper rider position and variations between the rider and the device;
further observing the rider and training device to ensure rider maintains the proper hip and elbow flexion and extension to remain in harmonious and influential motion while mounted.
The present invention relates to a device and method for training equestrian riders, and more particularly the present invention relates to a device and method for training an equestrian rider proper hip and elbow flexion and extension to remain more harmonious and influential while mounted in dressage style riding.
This invention relates to a training device and method for dressage equestrian riding. The dressage rider must learn to keep the seat on the horse's back in order to be more connected to the horse's back. This is accomplished by raising and dropping the thigh (hip flexion and extension), rather than griping or squeezing the leg, in an attempt to hold on to the horse.
Along with the riders' hip action, the riders' arms must also be trained so the contact between the riders' hand and the horse's mouth through the reins remains steady and smooth.
The resulting effect leaves the leg and hand more independent, from the riders' torso, enabling clearer and more harmonious communication with the horse. This, coupled with the horse's comfort and freedom, will enable the horse to do his job more efficiently. To summarize, the horse and rider become more connected and are working as one.
The invention gives the rider practical riding tools in an inexpensive, safe and time efficient manner. Prior products and methods are performed while the rider is mounted on horseback. These products and methods do not permit the trainer to physically place his hands on the rider to aid the rider in understanding necessary principals and concepts.
The invention is a time-efficient way for the rider to gain “time in the saddle” at home in a 20 minute period of time, rather than the 2 to 3 hours it takes to drive to the barn, tack and ride the horse, then the cool down and aftercare making the invention a very economical and valuable tool to supplement a rider's riding program.
Accordingly, the general object of the invention described herein, several objects and advantages of the present invention are:
Still further objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the ensuing description and drawing.
In accordance with the present invention, an efficient and economical dressage training device and method that teaches dressage riders proper hip and elbow flexion and extension instinctively establishing muscle memory patterns in the rider.
The above and other aspects of the present invention will be more apparent from the following more particular description thereof, presented in conjunction with the following drawings wherein:
The following detailed description is of the best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the invention. This description is not to be taken in a limiting sense, but is made merely for the purpose of describing the general principles of the invention.
The embodiment of the invention includes a base (12) and a rounded smooth surface on the upper outside portion of the training device (11) so as to permit a rider (13) to sit upon the top (14) of the training device (11).
To better simulate dressage riding equipment, the training device (11) is fitted with adjustable thigh blocks (15). The thigh blocks (15) may be constructed of foam or a similar material and are adjustable utilizing a fastening mechanism (16) such as Velcro.
Stirrup blocks (17) may also be added to better simulate riding equipment.
The training device (11) can be purchased for beginner riders by permitting a large area of the base (12) to contact the ground as displayed in
The training device (11) can be purchased for intermediate riders by permitting an average area of the base (12) to contact the ground as displayed in
These altered shapes can assist the riders depending on their level of ability, whether it be for an experienced rider (
It is also anticipated that the training device (11) can be inflated with air which shape can be varied by adjusting air pressure inside the device (11).