Still with me? Fantastic. Third in the ’99 Questions’ series of blogs.
Self-Assessment Question #3 : Do you employ a following seat?
Do you move with the horse in walk or rely on the horse’s motion to move you? Do you allow with your hips in the trot? Do you do the circular backward hip rotation in canter? If not, you need to understand that a little help from you goes a long way to helping your horse forward.
Your seat must follow the horse’s motion in a rhythmical way in order to allow the horse to move forward. If you say ‘go’ with your leg aids but your seat does not immediately follow the forward swing of the horse’s hips as he picks up a hind foot, you WILL restrict forward motion – guaranteed!