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Claudia Diana Eichler

Mindful Equitation

Part 1 Basics - Basics  

 Posture and movement work through information and control:


15 functional exercises to train body awareness, mobility, strength and coordination

Fit in 15 weeks - A healthy mind lives in a healthy body (Juvenal)


Riding-specific training theory

 From exercise to training, energy suppliers for body and soul

Part 2 body areas: from large to small - specials

To improve the interaction between body and mind:

Specific body control exercises in complex functional chains


Equestrian-specific individual exercises to train selective posture and movement qualities with the aim of promoting permeability and suppleness

Pelvis and legs – instinctive communication


Torso, breathing and arms – you can only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes. (Antoine de St. Exupéry)


Head and Neck – The head is round to allow thought to change direction 

(Francis Picabia)

Part 3 Limitations of the Body System - Limits

Limitations can create opportunities through acceptance.

Some information about specific disease processes:


bcorners / lumbar spine / legs

Damage to the vertebral segments: intervertebral disc damage, narrowing of the neuroforamen, spinal canal stenosis, spondylolisthesis

Disorders of the pelvic region: SI joint twists, abdominal incisions after operations,

Fractures, hip joint dysplasia, antetorsion variants, varus-valgus of the femoral neck, weakness of the pelvic leg stabilizers

Muscle injuries: muscle soreness, myofascial shortening/tension 

Knee joint disorders, movement deficits in the joints between the fibula and tibia, foot misalignments: hollow, fallen arches, kinks, splayed and equinus feet



Postural damage and weaknesses: kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis

Thoracic deformities: funnel chest, chicken breast, rib hump and rib valley

Respiratory diseases: asthma, chronic bronchitis

Immune deficiencies and allergies, problems with the shoulder girdle


Head and cervical spine

Commotio cerebri (concussion) / Contusio cerebri (brain bruise),

Skull base problems, visual disturbances: nearsightedness and farsightedness

Temporomandibular joint disorders: Craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD) / myoarthropathies


Biomechanical disorders of the upper head joints, damage to the vertebral segments: intervertebral disc damage, neuroforamen narrowing

Post-traumatic stress disorder/bipolar disorder/anxiety control

Autistic Spectrum Disorder / ADHD / ADD, Anorexia Athletica

Part 4 Training Aids: Tools for Body Optimization - Tools


Discussion of training aids as supportive, predictable training devices for automation and prevention

TubTrainer, exercise ball, balance stool, balance chair, balance cushion (Balimo, Capisco etc.), EVOLUTION "Back to Roots", riding simulators Anky Free Rider, horse riding, riding simulators with coaching 

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