The “J Shape” Technique for Finding Your Seat

Over the past few years, I’ve had the good fortune to do retreats with Julie Goodnight. We have fun and learn a lot from each other.

One of my favorite strategies she teaches is finding your seat and aligning your posture on a horse as you remain ‘soft’ in the saddle.

I was with her this past week in Colorado, so I asked her if she would do a mini-podcast with me and explain her “J Shape” technique.

I think you’re going to love what she has to say – and find it practical and effective.

Enjoy and leave a message for her – and I’ll be sure and pass it along.

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14 Comments on The “J Shape” Technique for Finding Your Seat

  1. Charlotte on Sun, 29th Aug 2021 1:46 pm
  2. Loved Julie’s J shape because it puts words to something I have often felt. Traditional straight riding often feels wrong because it doesn’t describe the seat moving with the horse. This finally talks about the position that can sink into horse’s movement and move with her. Thank you!

  3. Alison on Sun, 29th Aug 2021 2:04 pm
  4. Thank you. This is so helpful. I was taught to keep my back flat but I will definitely try the J shape for stability and strength.

  5. Karen on Sun, 29th Aug 2021 9:24 pm
  6. Really enjoyed the podcast on J shape!! I am a barrel racer and I tend to perch forward on my pelvis then when it gets tense at the turns, my joints lock up which causes a lot of problems. I plan on practicing the J-shape and opening my pelvis and feeling the difference it’s going to make for me. I am so excited, thank you very much.

  7. ElaineBohlin on Sun, 29th Aug 2021 11:31 pm
  8. You will feel your horse’s movements more this way which should in turn help you to relax and move with the horse instead of stiffening against him.

    I have been doing some human exercise routines online which involve strengthening the core and the instructor talks about tucking your tailbone under, which I realize from Julie’s description is the “J” shape.

  9. Gabriela on Mon, 30th Aug 2021 4:12 am
  10. Great advice thank you for sharing

  11. Nancy Gallion on Mon, 30th Aug 2021 1:20 pm
  12. This was great! Thank you both for sharing this. I love the way Julie talks about the J shape and try to use this every time I ride. I find this very helpful to stay balanced in my saddle. Thank you Julie and Barbra. Very helpful.

  13. Nancy Gallion on Mon, 30th Aug 2021 1:21 pm
  14. This was great! Thank you both for sharing this. I love the way Julie talks about the J shape and try to use this every time I ride. I find this very helpful to stay balanced in my saddle. Thank you Julie and Barbra.

  15. Dawn M Aguilar on Mon, 30th Aug 2021 1:30 pm
  16. Thank you!!!
    Great explanation and makes complete sense. I’ll definitely be thinking about the J shape on my next ride.

  17. Stephanie Koiner on Tue, 31st Aug 2021 5:31 am
  18. I have always found Julie’s explanation of the J shape to be the foundation that I strive for on each and every ride. It is one of the most helpful strategies that I have learned in order to improve my seat.

  19. Twyla Collins on Tue, 31st Aug 2021 9:47 am
  20. Great interview Barb, I always love to hear Julie teach, one of my favs 😉
    The “J” shape spine has helped me sit deep in the saddle and be able to move more fluidly with my horse.

  21. Candace Buchanan on Fri, 3rd Sep 2021 8:43 am
  22. Great listen! Super informative! Thanks!

  23. Barbara Morgan on Mon, 6th Sep 2021 9:32 am
  24. I remember this information from a Julie Goodnight TV show or maybe it was a DVD. It was very informative to hear this information again. This truly helps you stay more relaxed in the saddle. As soon as I find myself tensing up, I realize I’m not holding the “J” shape. Thanks for the re-education on the seat.

  25. Gayle on Tue, 7th Sep 2021 2:22 pm
  26. Love to hear this again from Julie Goodnight, Barb. Thanks for having her on your great informative podcast series.

  27. Rebecca on Tue, 14th Sep 2021 6:26 am
  28. I’m a dressage rider, and I found this to be very helpful. I’ve been amazed over my years of riding and taking lessons, how important words can be in teaching. How the right word or image can finally break through and change a habit. (That’s why it is can be useful to take a lesson from someone new now and then.) Just changing the mental image of what your body should be doing can totally change your riding . Every now and then there is a new word or image that does this. This is one of them!

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