As you’re riding your horse you’re communicating with your seat bones. If you’re tuned into them you can give precise aids without looking like you gave any aid at all.
However as often we aren’t necessarily tuned into our seat bones they could be giving aids without us realising. Or if we are using them but aren’t necessarily fully tuned into exactly what they’re doing they could be doing different things right to left.
So, here’s a little exercise for you to try out on a gym ball.
Firstly sitting on the ball, can you feel which direction your seat bones are pointing? Forward, back, different each side? Ideally they should both be pointing straight down as if you could plug yourself in to the ball with them.
Then imagine there are pencils on the bottom of them, draw a circle with them one at a time. Are your circles the same?
Now, sitting on the ball imagine a set of buttons in front of you. Slide alternate knees forward to push the button-or start to move your seat bones as if you’re in walk on your horse. Are your left and right seat bones doing the same thing?
How about in trot?
Then move on to Canter. If you’re on right canter just follow the canter with your right seat bone, how does that feel? What shape does it make?
Now try the left. Is that the same or is it different?
By this point you’ve probably realised you’re more asymmetrical than you thought…….
Think about how that impacts your horse, your riding and your saddle. Of course no horse and rider will ever be 100% symmetrical but being as close as you can get will have a huge impact on your riding aids, as well as your horses symmetry and the wearing of your saddle.
What did you find when doing this exercise?