The "Independant Seat" - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 05-12-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 139
• Horses: 0
The "Independant Seat"

Can someone explain the independant seat and how to properly develope it? I think it is in "keeping your seat" at a trot, canter or gallop...and your lower legs free to spur or cue your horse.

I would like some input into what to concentrate on for this...what muscles to use and how should it feel. ? Barebcak seem s a good way for me to strengthen for this, but I have problems in the saddle. I have a problem with strirrups. I see some people riding western and their feet seem to be glued in the stirrups.
RawhideKid is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 05-12-2010, 11:17 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
The way I was taught, an independant seat means that you can maintain your seat independantly of what your legs or arms might be doing - I.e. you don't grip the reins if you are off balance, etc.

We get kids doing work without stirrups and without reins, to establish this. Trotting/cantering over ground poles and then small jumps with your arms out to the sides (Need a steady and trustworthy horse!) and then without stirrups, etc.

wild_spot is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 05-13-2010, 03:28 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NEPA
Posts: 242
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
The way I was taught, an independant seat means that you can maintain your seat independantly of what your legs or arms might be doing - I.e. you don't grip the reins if you are off balance, etc.

We get kids doing work without stirrups and without reins, to establish this. Trotting/cantering over ground poles and then small jumps with your arms out to the sides (Need a steady and trustworthy horse!) and then without stirrups, etc.
I second this... and to add to it; You need to do LOTS AND LOT AND LOTS of riding. I will admit it, when I was a kid I was all over the place, the best progress I made hands down was when I was riding under a trainer. I was trail riding with her for a good 6-7 hours a day everyday. When we had 2 year olds that needed miles she would ride them and follow my horse at the walk and jog (he was steady and broke).

The older horses we loped all over god's creation. And we rode everywhere, and I mean everywhere... up and down hills, over logs, through brush, we jogged through town, past the quarry, past the shooting range, over to the neighbors to ride with them, through streams larger rivers and we swam in a pond, we went over and under bridges, along major roads, we rode past every game animal in Eastern PA and then some, we went through ditches, rode in an indoor, along cow pastures... all of this made me a much stronger rider.
IllComeALopin is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any "ground" exercises for the rider to improve the seat? kitten_Val Horse Training 2 02-08-2010 09:13 PM
Clinton Anderson videos: "Gaining Respect & Control 1-2-3" and "Leads & Lead Changes" Velvetgrace Tack and Equipment Classifieds 5 09-18-2009 06:54 PM
Definitions of "Green" "Started" "Broke" etc... Horse Hippie Horse Training 12 08-31-2009 03:00 PM
Fs: Courbette futura 18" $300-No Name Cut Back $100 20" Seat Rugersremi Tack and Equipment Classifieds 2 07-31-2009 10:35 AM
Exercises To Achieve A Balanced Independant Seat? LizAndCollin101 English Riding 10 03-17-2009 02:31 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome