A featured entry in the "Deep Seat" series

Plugged In at the Walk

At the walk you will feel and move with the swinging motion of the horse. Some horses have a side-to-side sort of swing. Others swing the rider’s hips forward and back. And still others have a combination of forward, back, and side-to-side motions.

Plugged In at the Trot
The seat bone connection at the trot/jog is essential to having a ride that is comfortable for both horse and rider during sitting trot. Therefore, the rider must know how to use his body most efficiently.

The abdominal muscles: At the trot/jog it is most important to know how to use the abdominal muscles. They must pull up and relax.

The use of the back: The lower back must flatten and relax while remaining plugged in (Illus. 15, 16).

 

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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