Reply To: What Makes a Rider Effective?

G & S
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An effective rider in dressage terms (which is what I think you are riding) is one whose horse obeys every minor command and even the best judge can’t see the command being given. In reality, this means an effective rider has to have a horse trained to listen to miniscule commands and aids, so that ultimately shifting the rider’s weight from one seat bone to the other becomes a command that the horse senses and responds to. It should also be pointed out that 75.8 is hardly a poor score nor is a 7 a poor rider score. However, being effective differs by the level you are riding at, and you don’t say what test level you are currently riding at.