A featured entry in the "Deep Seat" series

Problem

There is trouble brewing if you are leaning behind the motion. When you are behind the center of balance, you are more likely to get left behind and fall off backward if your horse makes a sudden move. Have someone watch you ride or look at yourself in photos or in a video to check your body alignment. This problem originates in the pelvis. The pelvis is tilted back, thus allowing the upper body to also lean back. Men often exhibit this riding fault. This posture does not allow you to remain in balance with the horse because your seat bones are not centered over the horse’s back in an upright manner. When your upper torso leans behind the motion as well, the problem is further exacerbated (Illus. 32).

 

Illus. 32
Problem: Too much lower back curve

Solution

Finding the best spot — Lean way forward, then lean way back. Once you have felt the extremes, ask a helper to assist you in finding the middle balance point over the horse by telling you when you are in the correct position. Remember that your seat bones should have contact. Think about what your seat bones feel like when you have achieved the correct position so you can find this position again through feel (Illus. 33).

Illus. 33
Solution: Stretch lower back flat to
touch instructor’s hand 

Debbie Kay Sams

Debbie Kay Sams has written for Practical Horseman, Equine Journal, and Instructor magazines. For many years she has organized and led drill-team riding for all… See Bio

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