I saw the hula hooping theory put to good use last week by Sylvia Loch. In an off horse workshop she had riders practising the hula hoop in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions to find out if they were left hip or right hip dominant.
It was really interesting because those who couldn’t hula hoop as proficiently anti-clockwise as clockwise found left canter harder and were right hip dominant.
I’ve actually brought this subject up with a couple of clients over the last week, and find it fascinating how it improves their ability to sit to the canter and to influence the length of stride and impulsipn with the circling of their hips.
I read a rather complicated article last week which explained in detail about how your seat should move with the horse in different gaits.
It seemed to complicate the matter, so although I won’t show my clients the article I did find a couple of useful tips.
The walk is a horizontal gait, meaning that the legs move further forwards than they do up. To encourage the horse’s walk, and to stay active in it, your seat should swing forwards and backwards. Not so much that you’re wriggling around in the saddle – think of it more as allowing the horse to move your hips forwards and backwards with each stride. So, left hip forwards, right hip forwards …
The trot is more of a vertical gait, hence why we go up and down, but when trying to sit to the trot you should think of your seat and hips…
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