A Better Seat to Optimise the Rider’s Aids

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For many riders, training is often about the horse, however, their own seat is of crucial importance for success in the saddle. Without a balanced seat, not only does it become difficult to use the aids correctly and gives the horse clear signals, but it can also keep the horse from moving freely over the back. In this video, Uta Gräf shows you her best exercises for improving your riding seat.

From minute 02:23, you will see how juggling with invisible balls when riding can help you gain independence of the hands. There are several arm movements that can help you gain mobility and balance in the saddle. Gaining consciousness of your upper body is a great start. Uta’s tips: Do these exercises on the lunge, it gives you an opportunity to fully concentrate on your seat!

Training your seat can also be done from the ground. The flexibility of the hips and the ability to keep the upper body in tension are prerequisites for a balanced seat. Develop your own seat training routine, you will see, it is fun and it will make a real difference in your training.

You will learn in this video:

  • Why seat training is important regardless of your level
  • Training exercises for a balanced seat
  • Why your seat is so important for giving the aids correctly
  • How your position can influence the movement of your horse

Uta Gräf

Uta Gräf made a name for herself on the international stage with her sensitive riding. Through her unusual combination of high-level dressage riding and allowing her horses to live as naturally as possible. She has become a role model for changing attitudes towards the horse and dressage for the better. 

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