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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Perfect Independent Seat - Ride Your Horse Better

1.  Hands and Arms

When you have an independent riding seat, your hands move with the horse along with giving him aids.  Your hands need to be able to work and move separately but still need to be held evenly and a line from your elbow to the horse's mouth.

Your arms should hang down by your sides with your elbows in.  You will follow the movement of your horse from your elbows.

2.  Seat

Your seat again should be moving with the horse but should also be the main control for your horse.  Your seat should be able to slow down and speed up the horse by making your movement bigger or smaller to change your horse's rhythm and be able to ride from the seat first.

You should be sitting on all three seat points to stay stable and your seat should enable you to stay with the horse in the case of spooking.  While turning your inside hip will go forward and add more pressure while the outside hip will shift back and lighten.

3.  Legs

Your legs should 'hang' down and around your horse without tensing or squeezing.  Your heel should line up with your hips and your heels should be down but not tensed.  Your joints should be free and able to move with the horse.  While riding your lower leg should stay pretty still at all times and your heel should be off of the horse until you need to give him an aid.

Your legs will follow your hips while you turn the horse, your inside leg will move slightly forward and your outside leg will move to behind the girth.

4.  Upper Body

Your shoulders should be back and down will line up with your hips.  While your seat will move with the horse, your upper body needs to be kept still and your head straight.  You should be looking a few strides in front of where you currently are.  While turning, you turn with your torso and head first followed by your shoulders.


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