Let’s chat about “deep seat” – Part 2 aka when seat bones become our feet

We finished the Part 1 with a conclusion that it is possible to produce a relatively effortless and rhythmical movement if we rely on gravity, inertia and intelligent design/structure…

What were your thoughts on those concepts? How much muscular effort do you put into daily tasks of moving your bones around? How much muscular effort do you need to turn your horse in balance?…

Let’s explore some more exciting details about “deep seat” 🙂


One American trainer, Beth Baumert said, balance your horse under a place where two spines meet: yours and your horse’s…and then, there is another great saying that made a huge impact on my own riding and teaching even though I have no clue who was the original author. I first heard it from a centred riding coach I had lessons with some 12 years ago: “ride with your bones, not with your muscles”…

So – how about we look at the “deep seat” as a spine to spine connection? Connection that relies on gravity and stability? 

How about we connect with the horse’s spine in the same way as a gymnast connects with the beam – “deeply” through the use of balance playing with gravity…

Balance (what if you think of your seat bones as your feet…)

If our seat bones were our feet, would we slide them, push them into the ground, “polish” the floor with them to achieve better, deeper connection with the surface we were on? Would we “drive” into the surface muting all sensors with each push?

We definitely wouldn’t. And yet – we seem to be taught sometimes (or often) to do so with our seat bones. To push, to “polish”, to drive.

Before I post Part 3, here are some questions I would like to leave you with: 

1. What is your movement style? Are you tall with long limbs, large range of motion? Does your movement looks a little lazy, lanky? Or maybe you have shorter bones with strong muscles that create quick, stiffer motion? Perhaps you are somewhere in between? Have a think 🙂

2. How easy is it for you to maintain good, well aligned posture when standing or moving on the ground?

3. How easy it is for you to maintain this same good, well aligned posture in motion in the saddle? In walk? in trot? in canter? Which part of your body misaligns? Do you collapse in your hip? Waist? Neck? Chest?

Part 3 coming in a few days to give you some thinking time 😉 

2 thoughts on “Let’s chat about “deep seat” – Part 2 aka when seat bones become our feet”

  1. Hello Wiola,

    I really like the explanation of using our seatbones as feet. I think that’s something I do without noticing after all these years of riding. I don’t know if we exactly mean the same but it makes a hard to sit trot easier to sit when you don’t move everything at once but more left right left right…. I can’t even explain… but that’s why I’m here 😉

    1. I think I’m somewhere in between. I’m not short but neither very tall, very everage. Sometimes my movement is a little lazy but I think that comes more from my mood than from my fitness.
    2. Not easy! While moving it’s not that hard but when I’m standig for a while I think it’s hard.
    3. In the saddle it’s very easy. I remember when I was a kid my parents and grandparents always had to tell me to sit up straight at the table. My mother couldn’t get why I always sat straight on a horse. It just happened automatically.

    Looking forward to Part 3!


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