The Seat Clinic

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Date(s) - 13/07/2019 - 14/07/2019
All Day


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This weekend provides you with an opportunity to evaluate your riding position with particular emphasis on your seat. All humans (and horses) are crooked, and as riders our asymmetry can have negative affects on our horse, just as our horse’s crookedness can have negative effects on our seat. If you have ever wondered if you sit to one side, or if it was you that caused your saddle to slip or prevented your horse from lifting his back then  this weekend with rider biomechanics coach and Pilates Instructor, Fran Griffith, will enable you to find the answers.

The PSOAS (pronounced so-as) are the deep core muscles that link the upper and lower girdles of the body. They lie below the surface muscles of the body and are the “missing-link” riders must learn to use in order to feel their horses’ movement and to follow the directions of their riding instructors. By mastering the use of these muscles, riders will be able to develop self-carriage and have independent seats.

The clinic will start with a one hour theory session on Our Seat and How It Can Influence Our Horse. After which, each participant will receive a 45-minute session on PI the Electronic Horse.

Sensors under PI’s “feet” detect if you are sitting in balance whist carefully positioned cameras capture your posture. You may well be surprised by just how far back (or forward) you are sitting. Take the time to learn what a neutral seat feels like, so that you can use weight aids to the maximum advantage.

Sensors on the reins analyse your contact and whether it is equal with both hands. Check out your half halts, do you release fast enough, and can you release the half halt without throwing the contact away?

See if you can ride a straight line on your seat alone or if you subconsciously hang on to one rein. Then if time permits, try your hand at circles and voltes!

Receive helpful advice and suggestions to help you make any necessary adjustments, and learn about exercises that you can do to help you ride with a neutral pelvis.

The afternoon will start with an “unmounted” exercise session – on how to find and strengthen our psoas muscles.  Each rider will then receive a 45-minute one-on-one session on the lunge with their horse (please note that if your horse doesn’t lunge well you can opt to be led or do a more traditional lesson. By working on the lunge (or by being led) you are able to work exclusively on improving or acquiring an independent seat. Following in the footsteps of the SRS you will have the opportunity to ride without stirrups or the use of your hands – first at a walk, and then possibly a trot.

Sunday will start with a Q & A session before continuing with a further 45-minute one-on-one session with your horse. You can choose to check out your horse’s asymmetries by working in hand and analysing through the use of patterns, his stiff and hollow sides. If you prefer you can have a further session on the lunge or alternatively practice riding accurate patterns, using adjustments in your weight and seat to stay on the perfect line.

This clinic is restricted to a maximum of just 4 participants.

Cost £150 per person. Livery is available for both the Friday and Saturday nights at £10 a night DIY.


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