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post #1 of 7 Old 09-24-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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An Independent seat?

Hey peoples of the horse forum! I've got a somewhat quick question.

For some while, I have been hearing the phrase "independent seat" used when talking about a person's riding abilities.

Well from what I gather, it has something to do with the ability of the rider to maintain postion? Am I on the right track? A good explination would be much appreciated.

Thanks for any answers ahead of time.
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I haven't been properly educated in the functions of the body during riding like a lot of english trained riders have but, to me, an independent seat means that your seat is quiet and solid and isn't changed when you give other cues or move your legs or arms. I may be way off though .

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Could write a paragraph...but the web is full of good descriptions:P I like this one: Developing an Independent Seat
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Thanks, guys!

I think I understand now. Basically a rider with an independent seat can maintain balance and rythem with the horse without comprimising their ability to cue/move/aide the horse? And it is developed over time with experience, strength, and coordination.
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I didn't read that link on the independent seat, but on top of what others said, I always think of it as meaning that your seat and it's movement are independent of your hands, and any movement they need to do to stay with the horse's mouth.
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Good summary, Knack, you've got it.
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Thanks for the link sara!
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