Archive for February, 2015

This is one of the best explanation of a classical seat I’ve ever read. A couple of my students told me about it and thought it sounded exactly what they had been hearing during their lessons. It took the words right out of my mouth, except that I start students out with sitting trot and no stirrups on a lunge line. The article did mention that this doesn’t work. It works very well if the instructor is committed to patiently lunging the student and repeating the same thing over and over until the student is able to open the thighs and knees off of the horse. This openness allows the seat to drop down deep on the horse, keeping the legs straight down from the hip so as not to block the seat from staying in front or leading. It is necessary to hold on to the pommel to avoid holding on with the legs or knees. When your hold steadies you, you can let go but keep your hand resting on the pommel in case you need to hang on again after a few strides. Keep doing this until you can let go without holding on with the legs, thighs or knees. If you feel yourself start to pinch, grab hold of the pummel, allowing you to let go with the legs and begin the process again. This is a quick way to successful riding and learning the sitting trot right away. Be patient and just keep working on it until it is part of your muscle memory. It will be well worth your time and it will quicken your progress.

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This is the best explanation of the seat I have ever read. It quotes my words when teaching. Thanks you Robin for pointing this out to me.

Thoughts on Dressage

Executing an effective and comfortable sitting trot is probably the most difficult challenge faced by amateur dressage riders. For most, it is hard to get your body in sync with the horse while still riding effectively. It is like the old hot and cold taps, where you can only have one or the other on at one time : )

The biggest mistake made by most amateurs is that they try to learn the sitting trot in one step. In other words, they try to go from not even being able to get in the rhythm  – all the way to being in perfect sync with the horse. Many riders try methods such as riding half a circle sitting and then back to rising, or another favourite, being lunged with no stirrups. Unfortunately, a lot of these traditional methods cause the rider to clamp up even more and give the…

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