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  • Balimo chair

    Does anyone know where I can get a Balimo chair in the United States? I know there are dressage instructors who use them in clinics. And I know there used to be a guy in Montana selling them; but he says he can't get them anymore.

    Alternatively, does somebody have one they'd like to part with?
    I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

  • #2
    How interesting! Would something like this work in the same way? Maybe a possibility?


    • Original Poster

      No. But thank you for trying. The "wobble" on that stool is where the leg meets the ground. On the Balimo chair, the wobble is where the seat meets the top of the stool. Because of physics (ha), there's an enormous difference.
      I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


      • Original Poster

        In case anybody else is interested, I found a similar chair that will ship to the US: Wigli.
        I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


        • #5
          I remember seeing them at a USDF convention.

          Here is an old thread that lists Balimo instructors, maybe one of them can help find a chair?

          Maybe post in the Dressage forum or revive the above thread with your question as a post?

          This is an article about a Balimo instructor, it gives a web site to contact her at the end of the article.

          I believe Jill Hassler (deceased) of Hilltop Farm was a proponent of the Balimo chair, perhaps they can help you.

          The Balimo web page in the OP has the contact info as

          phone # 04138-288-9797
          Last edited by csaper58; Jun. 12, 2017, 11:01 PM.


          • #6
            I have used a Swopper stool at work for years. These are readily available stateside but are expensive new. I drive my co-workers bananas bouncing and spinning and bobbing around. A few years ago, I added a "saddle seat" rolling stool to the mix (much cheaper!) that gets my pelvis in a different position and I take turns on both.


            • #7
              I am going nuts trying to find a way to have one shipped to the US. I even tried ordering from the German manufacturer's website last night, but they sent me an email saying that they can't ship to the US and refunded my money. I also trying buying from some European Amazon sites who also couldn't ship here. Are they banned for some reason?

              I looked at the Swopper and it seams similar but does it wobble at the stool-seat connection or through the whole "stem"?

              Has anyone found a device that will work the same seat balance muscles? Sitting on an exercise ball or a wobble-at-the-bottom stool is fine, but doesn't seem like it is quite as effective for the Balimo exercises.


              • #8
                I bought a Balimo chair about 6 years ago. PM me for more info, I'd be willing to sell it as I moved my practice and no longer have space for many of my gadgets.


                • #9

                  did you sell your balimo chair? If not I would love to purchase it.

                  Thank you!


                  • #10
                    Another possibility might be active sitting chairs from a small Vermont startup, Different mechanism than the balimo chair, but a similar feel.


                    • #11
                      OOPS! Make that sorry for the typo.


                      • #12
                        I believe you can’t get the Balimo easily in United States because of lawsuit issues. (Americans will fall off, get hurt and sue) I know several “builder/fixer” people and I’ve considered having one similar custom-made.
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                        • #13
                          Shipping wood around the world can be funky. Even pallets have to be specially stamped to make it through inspection.
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