What ever stage you are riding, you can improve by learning to feel what your horse is doing. If you are an ‘educated’ rider, then feeling which hindleg your horse has left behind will mean you can ask him to take a step forward into a square halt.
If you are a novice rider, developing your feel will give you a head start in preparation for more advanced levels.
How to Educate Your Seat When Horse Training
You can feel which hindleg your horse has left behind at the halt through your seat. Begin at the walk and halt.
- Stay relaxed and sit in the centre of the saddle. Ask your horse to halt.
- Once halted, feel which side of your seat and legs feel sightly lower than the other. If your horse halts with one hindleg behind the other, his pelvis will be slightly lower on that side. And your seat bone will be slightly lower as well. This will be even more accentuated if your horse is resting a hind leg.
If you need help ask a friend to watch. When halted stay centred and decide if your horse is halted:
- Left leg behind (your left seat bone will be lower)
- Right leg behind (your right seat bone will be lower)
Once you have decided, ask your friend to confirm.
Some people find it easier to feel if they close their eyes to feel their seat bones.
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