I had a lesson with a top dressage coach (who, hopefully I'll be able to train under this summer... she's AWESOME) gave me a specific lesson on achieving that independent seat (on one of her lesson horses).
She tried a couple of things to make me be... strong in my core, I guess. First she tried having me say "GRRR" and suck in my stomache/abs... but I didn't seem to get it. She then gave me another theory, also didn't work.
It wasn't until she made me STRETCH. She told me to imagine there was a circle around me, pulling my head up and feet down. I sat as tall as I could, and my legs as far down and I could feel the INSTANT change. Sitting the trot was like a breeze, and my seat REALLY did feel independent... I could move my leg forward or back and my seat wouldn't move!! It was cool! I was very excited.
However, I don't seem to understand this... because how do all the hunter/jumper riders do it without sitting so tall in the saddle. They are in like half seat and still have that independent seat? So how the heck does sitting tall do it?
I know something changed in that lessons because when I left my ABS hurt (well, everything hurt... even though it was barely any work lol).
I had a lesson yesterday with another coach, who I asked to lunge me, so I could do stirrupless and reinless, but I never got the same effect or feeling that I had that day with the dressage coach. She didn't really teach me anything, and I left with a sore butt, not sore abs or legs. :S
The thing is it's hard to sit tall and straight like that on different horses that are faster paced and stuff... I cannot for the life of me do the same thing on my saddlebred... well sort of, but it doesn't feel the same. Hands are bouncy, everything is a mess...
WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS LOL?
Okay I'm going to stop just tell me your thoughts and advice!!! Thanks!