Adopting a correct rider's position is a concern for every rider. There are usually two groups of riders that deal with the chair seat problem: new riders at the beginning of their training, and many, many riding instructors teaching the basics. Because no matter how often the chair seat occurs, there is often a lack of practical approach to successfully tackle this seat flaw. Sibylle Wiemer and Dr. Britta Schöffmann explain here how they solve the chair seat problem in a practical way and what exercises can help you improve your overall rider's position.
What is the 'chair seat'?Instructor Sibylle Wiemer has direct knowledge of this problem, as well as its misinterpretations. 'One frequently hears the term 'chair seat' to describe a riding position where people sit on their backsides and ride with very short stirrups'. That, however, isn’t the chair seat. In chair seat, the pelvis is so pitched that the rider tips back like he or she is sitting back on a chair or a sofa, the arms extended forwards and the feet pressing into the stirrups for stability. The knees are raised, and the rider’s feet are either under the knees or in front of them. The typical chair seat position has four components:
- The upper body pitches backwards
- The arms are held out in forward extension
- The knees are raised up
- The feet are positioned too far forwards