Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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David O'Connor gave a great clinic not that long ago teaching his clinitians how to use their seats to obtain rhythm control gait control and how to be functional.
He rode a clinitans horse, and was able to bring the horse from a canter to a trot all just by using his seat and then from the trot into the walk all just by using his seat. And finally to the halt.
It is about over exaggerating your seat to the fullest.
Ok, so when you are at the canter. Allow your seat to slide, or shammy your saddle with your horses motion. And now start to slow it down. Breathe out, relax. Rock onto your seat bones, lean behind the verticle and think sloooooooooooowwwww.
Eventually your horse will start to grasp what you are doing, if you are doing it correctly - and will move to the motion of your seat.
Now at the trot - while posting. Really over exaggerate your rise. I mean, to the point of standing up in your leathers and crotch over pommel on the up, hold it for a split second, and then when you back down hold it for a split second. Start to slow that motion down, still while over exaggerating your movement - think sloooooooooww. Breathe out, relax.
Your horse will move down to you slowing your seat.
Then at the walk. Allow your seat to rock with your horses motion, slooowww it down though by thinking sloooowwww.
When you accomplish this - trust me, it'll take a while - but when you do, now you've figured out how to use your seat. Then you can apply that, to daily riding.
That isn't the be all and end all solution, but while on your own - you'll have that huge stepping step taken, ready to move forward. You'll get great dressage tips from others here!
I do this when I ride Nelson - it is allot of fun!
Last edited by MIEventer; 05-28-2009 at 08:59 PM.