08-23-2010, 12:46 AM
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You are asking for your horse to come up into your seat every upstride your horse makes, with your legs.
It isn't about holding your horses face, you want to allow your horse to use his/her body properly, by using yours correctly.
Your seat is slightly out of your tack, with your tail bone tucked under you, core activated, tall upper body with your chest open as though you are lifting your heart. You want to obtain and maintain that energy from behind.
Your upper body keeps your horse from going onto their forehand, your legs are keeping the energy and keeping your horses back round and up into your seat, while maintaining that impulsion from behind.