Our rough itinerary for the next year or so…

Feb 2017 to May 2017

Stuart - Australia

Jane - UK, then Aus

June 2017 to Oct 2017

Stuart and Jane - UK

Oct 2017 to Dec 2017

Stuart - Australia + New Zealand

Jane - UK, then Aus, then NZ

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Learn how to improve your balance so that you feel more secure when riding. This book is the second in this series and it shows you how to increase your balance. It contains 18 lessons for you to follow in your own time.

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What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced. Fiona, Toronto, Canada

I am now much closer to achieving a truly ‘independent seat’. Feeling secure and confident. Bring on the next book! Megan, Cambridge, UK

This book is very easy to follow and has saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding, Jan. Kent, UK

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The Horse Rider’s Mechanic

This page has information about how the HRM clinics operate. You need to read this information if you are interested in attending a clinic or if you have booked to attend a clinic.


Don’t forget - you can begin reading the two HRM workbooks for free on this website: ↓


HRM Workbook 1: Your Position

HRM Workbook 2: Your Balance



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Rider biomechanics

I (Jane Myers) - AKA the Horse Rider’s Mechanic - teach the subject of rider biomechanics. Rider biomechanics is the subject of what your body should be doing when riding, and if it isn't, how you can fix it. It focuses on the rider in particular, the idea being that until you sort out your rider problems (i.e. your position and balance), you cannot expect to ride correctly and therefore you cannot expect your horse to go correctly.

You will be able to get a better idea about what I actually teach by reading the beginning of each of my workbooks (for free) so why not have a look: ↓


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The H R M mounted clinic structure

The mounted clinic is for up to sixteen riders at a time. It is always taught by myself, Jane Myers - The Horse Rider’s Mechanic. The clinic takes place either as a one day clinic or as a two day clinic.

ONE DAY CLINIC

Session one

A short (about fifteen to thirty minutes) un-mounted session. You may need to bring a chair (check with the organiser). Please have your horse ready to ride ASAP after this session if you are assigned to the first group to ride. This session covers some of the theory for the day but you will also be given an opportunity to arrange your finish time if you need to leave earlier in the afternoon. Before this session or by the end of it you will be assigned to one of two groups for session two.


Session two

The beginning of the ridden part of the clinic. The first group rides while the second group observes. Then the second group rides while the first group observes. During this session you will go through the position and balance exercises as a group (in walk and trot only). Each group may be further split for the trotting parts of the session. A mounting block will be provided in the arena. This session lasts approximately 1 hour for each group.


Lunch break - approximately 30 mins


Session three

You will be assigned to the next session or you will be given the choice depending on your ability level. There will be various sessions and you will be able to do one of them (they will not necessarily take part in the following order):



At any time you can pull over to the side if you or your horse gets tired before a break is called (although these are frequent). You must keep your distance between your horse and any horses that are nearby.

The start time for the clinic varies but it is usually scheduled for no later than 9.30am. Whatever the scheduled start time is it is important that you are ready to begin at that time. The finish time varies depending on when you are scheduled to have your session three and whether you want to watch the other riders ride.


What you will not be doing on the day:



Fence sitters/auditors   

You may prefer to watch the whole clinic rather than ride. You will learn a lot this way as I wear a microphone and the clinic is structured in such a way that you will be able see as well as hear what is happening. My style of teaching lends itself to you getting a lot out of the clinic whether you participate as a rider or as a fence sitter. It is usually a requirement that fence sitters are booked in prior to the clinic so contact the clinic organiser for more details. Fence sitters are also eligible for the discount on the HRM workbooks that will be for sale on the day.

What will you learn?   

This clinic will teach you to be a safer and more effective rider. It will give you a better awareness of what your body is doing while riding. You will also learn how to correct your own position and balance problems in the future. Riders who are also instructors learn will learn new and innovative ways of teaching position and balance to their students. The clinic is fun and interactive.

If you have not already done so make sure you read some of the articles on this website as that will give you a better insight into my approach. I think you will find it quite different to anything you have come across before. Also, you can begin reading the two HRM workbooks for free on this website: ↓


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Reading some of my work will give you more information about what I teach and whether it will help you, so please take time to read them before the day if you can.

What do you need to bring?   

In order for you to get the most out of the clinic (if you are riding rather than fence sitting), you need to bring a quiet horse or pony that will happily walk and trot in a group situation. This clinic is predominantly about you as a rider rather than the horse/rider combination. If you do not have such a horse available to you then as long as your horse is safe in a group situation it is fine to bring him or her along but be aware that it may not be possible for you to concentrate fully on the position and balance exercises.

What else to bring:

You may wish to bring snacks and drinks, please check with your clinic organiser for what will and will not be available in terms of refreshments on the day.

My typical clients   

My typical clients usually fit into one of the following categories:

When and where are the clinics?   

We now travel constantly (mainly in Australia and the UK) presenting our Healthy Land, Healthy Horses talks, therefore clinics and lessons have to fit in with where we are at the time so you will need to keep an eye on Our rough itinerary for the next year or so. You can also get a good idea of where we will be in the future by looking at the Workshops and clinics Equiculture website page (which lists the dates of our Healthy land, Healthy Horses talks, and some of the HRM ridden clinics). You could also subscribe to our mailing list (it’s free) or keep in touch via Facebook. Our various Facebook pages and links to them are on the contact us page.

Clinics are usually organised by interested riders (or riding clubs) that have the means to hold and run one. If you are keen to organise one please contact us.

Individual lessons can be sometimes be arranged if you can get three or four interested riders together at the same venue (if I am already in the area).

The evening/short talk option   

We are also able to do an evening (Powerpoint) talk on this subject, usually combined with another short talk about Healthy Land, Healthy Horses. This combined talk is very popular as it introduces what we do and at the same time gives participants some real information that they can take home and use.

This talk is ideally organised by a club and it works well to have it before a riding clinic (or a Healthy Land, Healthy Horses talk). It can also be instead of a ridden clinic if that is preferred or used as a way of gauging interest for a future clinic when we return to an area. If you are keen to organise one please contact us.

The HRM workbook discount   

The HRM workbooks will be for sale on the day. Clinic riders and fence sitters are eligible for a discount. Cash, cheque or credit cards accepted. You can begin reading the two HRM workbooks for free on this website: ↓


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Reading some of my work will give you more information about what I teach and whether it will help you, so please take time to read them before the day if you can.

What people say about my teaching   

For a review of one of my riding clinic’s by Tracy Mayhew from Cyberhorse click here, or click here if you want to read this insightful article by a participant, Kal Newcomb (from 2011 when my riding clinics were called ‘Independent Seat Clinics’). Please also read the sampling of testimonials below to get a better idea of my teaching style:


‘What an amazing wonderful  woman, to have so much knowledge and be able to impart it to the rider in such a small amount of time. To see David ask about trot extensions (the way we were generally taught was to sit down hard and push with your seat and to slow, to lift your weight) with her help he accomplished the extended trot within a few minutes, happy well rounded horse and a beaming rider. Feedback from a recent riding clinic participant in Mudgee, NSW, Australia.


Hi Jane, I thought I would give you an update on how things are going for me since our lesson the other week. I must say, everything is going a treat :) I know I was harping on about my ankles, but becoming aware of them has helped tremendously. Also, since doing the standing in the stirrups has made me aware that previously I at times was pivoting my lower leg away from the horse because my knee was too straight whilst standing/rising in the stirrups. The image/feeling of backward peddling has also helped our walking heaps. I know, because he can be a tense horse, I have had a habit of bracing through the lower back. This would cause him to jog at times, especially going from a free walk to a medium walk. Now when I collect my reins I make sure that I’m "peddling" and not anticipating a jog. Now for the last 3 rides, we haven't jogged in this transition at all through the whole ride. Next, Canter. I know we didn't get into this, but this seems to have improved too. I think mainly because I am aware of my ankles and letting them flex. I am also aware of keeping weight down on the the inside leg in circles especially. Sitting trot also is coming along. We are now getting a trot down the long side and mostly a circle before we get the tension and loss of rhythm, so that is a definite improvement. I’m sure it will continue to get even better as we build more strength and he gets used to the fact that an aid is not coming as soon as I sit. Cheers and once again, thanks, Bec.

Then a further update from Bec (a dressage rider) a week later:

Today interestingly I was in a bit of a hurry to ride. forgot about my ankles for a while and was wondering why we were getting tension again, esp in transitions. I stopped and thought about it, and I was back in my old habits. Stiff ankles and uneven weight distribution in my legs again. So I went back and had a little standing in the stirrups session for a minute, and then everything came back again and we had relaxation and rhythm back again. It amazes me how much I need to keep this in my consciousness to remember to do it, but I guess its just 20 odd years of doing it to replace in my hardwiring. Also amazes me how many horses put up with it and how this guy will not! Bec


Dear Jane, I cannot thank you enough for the past weeks experience. Your patience, kindness and sincere empathy have reconnected me with a part of myself that I had feared was long gone. Your instruction is not only clear and easy to understand for the novice, it's also as if you lend your own confidence to the scared and nervous rider so that it feels like you are right up there guiding each new step. Good teachers give good instruction, brilliant teachers give of themselves along with great instruction. It is truly wonderful to meet someone that is clearly doing what they were born to do. I wish you all the very best for the future and will definitely be coming back soon. With sincere thanks and gratitude, Suzanne


Dear Jane, just writing to thank you for all your help at the Clinic yesterday. As you had warned - I think of you everytime I move !!! R... & I just had the best day & your observations were a great help to us. Would love to do another so will have to see if we can get together another group together in the future. Once again thank you so much for yesterday - it was the best Mother's Day present. Christine


Dear Jane, On behalf of Karen and myself, I write to express our heartfelt thanks for a really great 4 days last week with you and our horses. Your knowledge, patience and clear imparting of what was required (plus your neat sense of humour!) made the lessons all we had hoped for. Royce and Karen


Hi Jane, Thank you so much for the lesson this morning. It was just what I needed, and I’ve been on such a big high since. Poor Brendan has had to put up with me telling him how great it was all afternoon...hehe. I found it so easy to understand (and definitely learnt a few things) and I can’t remember feeling that comfortable and secure in ages, especially at sitting trot. Am really looking forward until my next lesson. Thank you again, Julie


Dear Jane, I just had to let you know how well my (regular) lesson went this week after my two weekend sessions with you - Byron (my instructor) commented almost immediately " you seem to be sitting so much better to-day Norma!!!” and it felt so much better. I did my "standing in the stirrups" around the arena both at the walk and trot and it seems so easy to do now, I am also trying to get that weight distributed between my seat and legs and found my aids in the canter so much more controlled, I even managed to get a nice transition on his difficult right side!! Many, many thanks Jane, I can't wait to continue. Kindest regards, Norma

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