Seat Insights

This is my last video (for this sequence) on the topic of physical conditioning.

I’m going to talk about our core and how it relates to how we use our seat. Then I’ll follow it up by demo-ing one yoga exercise I like because it builds core strength and great posture and flexes the knees… all good things for riding.


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Heh, it’s Barb.

This is my last video (for this sequence) on the topic of physical conditioning.

I’m going to talk about our core and how it relates to how we use our seat. Then I’ll follow it up by demo-ing one yoga exercise I like because it builds core strength and great posture and flexes the knees… all good things for riding.

Our seat does a lot of things!

  1. It is the most important balance and anchoring to our horse part of our riding. That’s not only physically, but also emotionally.
  2. When we first get on, we ‘find’ our seat to establish a good position in the saddle and connection with our horse.
  3. Then we can connect to our sit bones. As I ride around I’m going to feel Nic moving underneath me. He moves my sit bones. This is grounding as I feel him through my sit bones.
  4. I check in with the rest of my body to make sure I’m ‘loose’.
  5. If I contract my abdominal muscles, I feel my sit bones better.
  6. Then when I breathe into the central part of my body, I can have great posture yet be soft and move with my horse.
  7. Next, I can ‘drop’ my seat in the saddle for a stop. My back ‘rounds’ and my seat ‘drops’ deeper for the stop.
  8. Then to back your horse up, you can move your seat back a little more and ‘collapse’.

When you build your core strength, you work on position, balance, posture, and using your seat (flexibility) to stop and back up.

Our seat and balance are always the central parts of our riding.

Now, I’m going into the barn to show you one exercise that builds core strength that’s easy to do in the barn and with your boots and spurs on! It’s one of my faves because it hits so many things we need physically for our riding.

Here I am, back in the barn. I’m going to show you the wall squat. I like it because it’s one yoga exercise that builds core strength, good posture, and flexes the knees… all great for riding.

It’s called a wall squat.

Stand up against a wall. Notice I have my boots and spurs on.

Notice I put my head back.

I put my feet far apart. I slide down the wall. Your hands are roughly behind your knees. Make sure your back is against the wall.

Count to 30 and hold it. I like to do three of them.

You’ll feel it in your abs and in your quads.

To increase strength, hold it longer, and do more repetitions.

Keep building your core strength! Have a great day and let me know what you think.

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2 Comments on Seat Insights

  1. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 17th May 2020 3:24 pm
  2. Hi Barb, Ok, once again I love seeing you outside on Nic. I can see that it is overcast and somewhat windy. Thank you for filming in this kind of weather when you might rather be inside sipping hot chocolate. Nic is sooo relaxed and so are you! 🙂 What a great team you make! And I loved hearing everything that you said and demo-ed in the video. It makes so much sense. I’m going to try that exercise you showed regarding building core strength and thigh strength as well. It looks difficult to do. I’m trying to rid myself of my midriff bulge too so that I can “feel” my core better. Thank you so much for this insightful, helpful information.

  3. Joanne Milton on Mon, 18th May 2020 10:00 am
  4. I love what you are doing on Nic, for sure! Unfortunately, I can’t do the wall squats at this time…maybe if I get my knee replaced! Meanwhile, I still do all the core exercises I can handle I hope I don’t lose all my strength & flexibility!

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