Denver’s 850 KOA radio station has had a host named Mike Rosen for a long time. When talking to guests or callers on his program he would often admonish them to tell him where they sat before they expounded on where they stood on an issue. Don’t you think our horses would appreciate it if we got correct in where we sit before we ask them to stand or move in a particular way?
We all admire a rider that seems to be “one” with their horse. The rider goes with the horse, stays balanced, and seems to have to do very little to provide direction to the ride. In some of our recent lessons and clinics, we’ve worked with different riders to help them find that place in the saddle that makes them most comfortable. We’re finding that as the rider gets comfortable and correct in where they are sitting on their horse, their horse gets more comfortable carrying them. They operate more like a single unit rather than as two separate ones.
The key to becoming a more balanced, correct rider seems to be in the pelvis. Understanding how the human pelvis moves and works with the horse’s pelvis allows us to get loose and “floaty” to better match what’s going on with our horse. A rigid, braced or stuck human pelvis creates a variety of less than desirable outcomes in our ability to communicate with our horse through our seat.
If you’re struggling to find the pieces in your horsemanship that will allow you to become more refined, try looking at where your sitting!