Biomechanics

Understanding the Biomechanics of horses and riding changes the way you look at horses, your own body, and riding itself in powerfully positive  ways. You can learn these fundamental principles of biomechanics right here in the Colorado Front Range, through seminars, applied training sessions in clinic or private settings, and our blog.

In Dr. Dawn Adams’ 60-minute Horse Biomechanics Seminar for Equestrians, for ages 16 and over, you learn:

  • What different disciplines mean, anatomically, by the word “collection” and how the types of collection compare;
  • Why and how something as simple as changing the shape of a hoof can give a horse a sore back;
  • How to help protect your horse from injury and keep it sound;
  • How to ride in a way that helps your horse remain well-balanced and comfortable.

The 60-minute “The Science of Riding with Feel:  Horse Biomechanics and You” is also available as part of a Biomechanics Clinic in which participants are able to apply what they’ve learned to their own riding. Under the guidance of Understanding the Horse’s unique team of Dawn Adams in biomechanics and Jo Belasco in training and instruction, riders learn the most important things they can do on horseback and on the ground to help their horses move better, perform more willingly, and avoid injury.

We also offer a personalized Biomechanics Assessment that applies the principles of biomechanics to individual horses and riders.  This program is an individualized version of the Biomechanics Clinic.

Instructor Dawn Adams, Ph.D. is a professional biomechanics researcher, lifelong horsewoman, and award-winning teacher with over 30 years of education experience. Horse professionals and backyard riders alike are enthusiastic about the seminar’s immediate applicability to their riding, the power of the information they learn, and the fun and stimulating way it’s presented.

To schedule a seminar or clinic at your barn, club, or other organization, or to inquire about arranging for a personalized riding assessment, please submit the Contact Form on this page. We respond within 24 hours.  Please note: Registration is free for the person who arranges for and hosts a seminar that has at least 5 paid participants!

To subscribe to a mailing list that will notify you of upcoming Horse Biomechanics seminars and clinics open to the public, use the mailing list subscription request on our Contact page.

Start learning for yourself the fundamental principles of horse biomechanics that make everything else you do in riding make sense.

NOTE: “The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You”, a major book by Dawn Adams, Ph.D. and Jo Belasco, Esq., is in preparation for 2014 publication! To learn more about this work, or to get on a mailing list to be notified when it’s ready for purchase, contact us using the “comment” form on this page.

See these pages for additional information:
Personal Biomechanics Assessment
Biomechanics Clinics
What is Biomechanics
FAQs
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