If riding were easy it wouldn’t be an Olympic sport. Two brains, two personalities, a million moving parts, and gravity – where to begin to bring it all together so both horse and rider can enjoy balance and comfort.
The answer is: your hips.
Apart from the fact that that is where your body meets your horse’s body it is also your very own base of support - your horse riding balance.
There are many culprits that lock the hips. Two common situations are riders often grip their hips to stay on, but this prevents them following their horse’s movement. Also, in wanting to sit quietly on their horse riders often stiffen their hips, but this just causes them to bounce even more.
The typical solutions available to riders all involve a lot of effort and unpleasantness in exchange for a meager return. For example, going to the gym – this gives you more muscle so you can tighten your hips even more. Ride without stirrups until your hips become so exhausted they deteriorate – then the next time you ride you can do the whole thing all over again.
Yet, restoring your hips to a place of functionality and comfort can not only happen, but can be yours with ease. It is simply a matter of reconnecting how you move as a whole system. For instance, feeling how the hips and lower back coordinate together for fluid movement, how the hips and shoulders balance one another to sit quietly in all the gaits.
Sitting deeply in the saddle begins with your awareness which you have in abundance and doesn’t cost a penny. It is just a matter of knowing where to invest your attention.
As you read this,
Later explore these movements while on your horse and see how centered and calm you feel in the saddle, and what your horse has to say about it.