weighting inside or outside for lateral movement
I have to weigh in on this.
I believe you must weight the side of the horse on the side where he is going. No matter what direction he is bent, you must weight toward the direction of movement, and in this case it is toward the outside of the leg yield.
Another reader gave an excellent example of carrying a child. You must go in the direction of the weight. It is not forcing your horse. You are already asking it to go , say, left, with pressure from your right leg. Weighting the left seatbone is only natural to HELP your horse stay balanced rather than to have your weight work at defeating his attempt to comply with your leg aid request to go left.
Also, I think if you really try this you will see that when you put a leg on a horse, if you use any thigh pressure at all (and many riders do), the seat bone of that pressing leg actually comes off the saddle a tiny bit, and consequently the other seat bone pushes into the saddle a tiny bit.
The seatbones CAN NOT move independently. IT is an anatomical impossibility. When one moves, the other does too.
Ok , what dya think?
Last edited by tinyliny; 09-10-2010 at 02:58 AM.
Reason: better explanation