Recognising the influence we have with our seat early in our dressage career is essential. Only then can we begin to appreciate how very generous our horses are for allowing us to ride them at all. We owe it to them to try and be ‘at one’ with them for this honour.
How many riders are able to feel the movement of their horse’s hind leg through their seat and really understand what is happening underneath them?
In the Trot …
- Do you need to visually check your diagonal when rising?
- Is it automatic to you and always correct?
- Can you feel when you take the wrong diagonal?
- Do you think about the hind legs as you go into trot so that you are absolutely clear which diagonal you are rising on?
If you do not you are not alone. Often riders have a tendency to think about the front of the horse to help achieve the correct diagonal. We are told that as the outside shoulder comes back we should sit and if it is incorrect, sit for one beat and rise again.