That reminds me of a thread I started a while back on exactly, and I mean exactly, a person does to achieve this frequently said < "deepen your seat".
In any case, I like your saying that you ride the spine, and that you bring the horse to follow you, not you follow it.
However, while learning to ride, we must first learn how to follow the horse's motion in order to then be able to mold it into following us. We have to know how to ALLOW the movement through our seat in order for us to slow, disallow or increase it by seat.
That's why I like Pucks ideas to work on moveing with the horse at walk, then seeing if you can bring the horse to and with you as you slow the walk, by disallowing it to move as much forward, then open up your hip and core and allow the movement,
The better the horse can feel the difference between you allowing and disallowing, going with and not going with , being "on" and being "off", the more effective each position will be. Sometimes the problem can be that the rider is not ever "off" enough so that being "on" doesn't feel much different to the horse.
So, building both the ability to go with the horse, really , (this is being "off"), and make graduated change in your body to the "on" position , such that the difference between the two is sharpened by you, the rider, being better at both of them.
ETA, I dont' think I was very clear, but by "on" I meant actively applying a/some aids. And "off" meant accepting the horse's repsonse to the aid and basically coasting in nuetral until the application of the next aid. IT's being quiet.
Last edited by tinyliny; 02-22-2012 at 03:33 AM.