Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Great question Spyder and I have to say - I have a very defensive, secure and solid seat - but not an educated one.
I have to keep reminding myself to stop over using it - my seat causes Nelson to drop his back and throw his head up, beacuse it is over active. And I don't use my seat bones in accordance to movements either...I am just starting to learn how to not only quiet my seat done, but start to activate my seat bones when I should shoulders in, half passes and turn on the forehand - but one step at a time.
I find it is either 1 or the other with lower level riders such as the majority here. Either it is too light and move around in 1/2 seats because that is all they know how to do due to jumping continuously...if their horse spooks - down they go, or if their horse takes a misstep, down they go. If their horse refuses or veers out - they are definately effected.
To the other spectrum, such as myself, to too heavy, too over active/loud of a seat.
I grew up riding green broke horses, so I learnt how to ride deep and solid - beacuse I'm a defensive rider. I still have yet to learn how to conform for my horse.