Balimo (Balance in Motion)


Balimo (Balance in Motion)

Balimo (Balance in Motion)

Balimo is a system of movement and balance training devised by Eckart Meyners from Germany.  We focus on the rider's ability to find their balance in motion, as the key to successful riding.  Riders need to recognize muscle imbalances, either strength &/or coordination, as possible blockages in their body (can be mental or physical). 

Using Balimo exercises, on or off the horse, riders will feel improvement in their horses & their own performance.  At the same time, they are training their muscle memory  - the key to long term harmonious riding!

Location: Consecon, Ontario Canada
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Latest Activity: Aug 27, 2012

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Comment by Joan Adler on August 27, 2012 at 10:46pm

Balimo Seat Clinic (Autumn)

September 29 & 30, 2012

Clinician:  Joan Adler (Balimo Instructor; Int'l Level 3 & EC Coach)

Location:  19100 Loyalist Parkway, Consecon, Ontario

To register:    or email:

Balimo Training for Riders:

Balimo recognizes that the horse mirrors the rider in its movements.  By removing tension and blockages in the rider, communication with the horse is improved.  Balimo training uses specifically selected exercises (mounted, unmounted & Balimo chair) to improve the mobility of the rider's pelvis and spine, teaching the riders' seat to follow the 3D movements of the horse.

Balimo training is the work made famous by Eckart Meyners, used by riders such as Heiki Kemmer (Germany). 

All level of riders and horses welcome.  

Comment by Joan Adler on February 14, 2012 at 6:47pm

I have just completed our first Balimo You tube video. If you'd like to view it the link is here:

Balimo Seat Clinic

Comment by Jan Jollymour on January 22, 2012 at 7:08pm

I recommended to our local dressage group that we host a Balimo clinic last March.  One of our members set it up (and beautifully) at a lovely venue in Kamloops, and Joan and her daughter flew in, along with all their equipment, on a Friday afternoon.

We worked on theory and warm-ups and body awareness on the Friday night, and then commenced with mounted work on Saturday morning.  The clinic was very unlike most dressage clinics, as it was almost totally rider-focused, and the riders spent quite a lot of time on the floor, on mats, or on the Balimo stool, accessing their body parts and improving their proprioception.  The difference in all of us when we were once again mounted was amazing, and in one instance, a horse which looked lame at the outset incredibly became sound after the rider was adjusted and re-worked.  There was a remarkable difference in the quality of the gaits of the horses, and in the effectiveness in the seats, legs and hands of the riders.

Our local club is going in a slightly different direction this year, but I would take another Balimo clinic in a heartbeat.  There's a lot to learn, and while I bought Eckart Meyners' books, the hands-on experience was extremely useful.  We also had a PT and an OT attending as auditors, and they found it very helpful as well.

Some of what you're asked to do seems pretty weird (like crawling backwards on a mat with your boots and spurs on, crossing your legs in front of your knees as you go), but the difference it made in my hips and lower back was terrific.

Anyone desiring to improve their equitation, posture, and feel would be well advised to explore Joan's abilities and talents!

Comment by Joan Adler on January 18, 2012 at 8:28pm

Are you interested in hosting a Balimo Seat Clinic at your stable?

As about details... we love helping the horses (through improving riders)!

Comment by Joan Adler on January 18, 2012 at 8:26pm

Balimo Seat Clinic (spring)

May 26th, 27th 2012

Clinician:  Joan Adler (Balimo Instructor & Level 3 Coach)

email for information:

or check the website:

Limited to 6 riders, this clinic promises lots of personal attention.

Auditors welcome - must preregister!


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