The rider’s seat is the beginning of great riding or poor riding.
One of the biggest compliments to a rider is that they have a “good seat,” and developing this seat is part of the lifetime journey of being a rider.
The rider’s seat is more than just how a rider sits in the saddle. The term encompasses how they move with the horse—are they able to follow the movement without stiffness or bouncing.
A good seat also refers to a rider’s ability to stay with the unexpected movements, such as a big spook or an exuberant buck.
“Seat” is more than just one’s backside in the saddle. Old riding texts refer to the fork of the rider’s seat, which includes the upper thighs.
The most important part of a good seat, and arguably the two most important joints for riding are the hip joints.
The hip joints are the large ball and socket joints where the femurs connect to the pelvis. Fluid, organized movement in these joints, allows for following the horse in all gaits without stiffness, but also allows us to slow the horse with just the right amount of tension.
Our pelvis is the largest, heaviest bone in our body, and small movements of the pelvis will shift our weight and can immediately influence the horse’s balance and direction.
In this video, we will go through two exercises to find an aligned position for your seat and fluid movement in your hip joints.
After you watch the video, leave a comment below and let me know which of the three exercises you found most helpful.
See you in the comments!