Alexander Technique and its benefits to horsemanship and riding

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Have you ever wondered what how you brush your teeth, how you send a message on the phone, walk a dog outside or ride a horse have in common? Do these activities have any common denominator at all?

Maybe we are motivated as a rider by the desire to be like Queen Elizabeth II? This means being nimble and in good shape until old age and being able to enjoy the beautiful nature from the back of the horse. Every rider could be motivated by the desire to discover the potential of nature in both themselves and their horse. The athlete’s goal is to develop this potential to the maximum without exertion and injury. Carl Hester, a multiple British Olympic rider, did not say this without a reason: “Alexander’s technique is one of the most valuable tools a rider can have.”

Karmen Haiba is an Alexander Technique teacher. Karmen was inspired to to be an Alexander’s teacher by her horses and her desire to be the best possible rider for them and not to prevent them from being happy, healthy and cooperative. The biggest benefit of Alexander’s technique for riders is the development of balance, cognition and awareness. Together with MTÜ Equilibre, Karmen has carried out projects such as “Introduction to Alexander Techniques for Equestrian Therapists, Counselors and Equine Specialists” (in collaboration with Maret Mursa Tormis (Estonia) and Sally A. Tottle (UK)) and “Alexander Technique Riders” (in collaboration with Sirpa Tapaninen (Finland)). and Gloria Pullan (UK)).

The Alexander technique (AT from here on) is a teaching of naturalness and effectiveness. It can also be said that in the AT class it is examined what prevents us from acting naturally and effectively and how to remove these obstacles. “When you finish the wrong thing, the right thing happens,” said F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian-born actor who lost his voice in exertion and over the years developed a teaching of conscious self-use known today as the Alexander technique.

This online video course is in English with English subtitles and is an introduction to the Alexander Technique and what opportunities riders have by following it.

This online course was created in cooperation with Teadlik Ratsanik.


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