How do you plug in your seat bones?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do you plug in your seat bones?”

The best way is touching them. I know it’s weird. It’s your hand, it’s all good. So literally put your hand under your bum and wiggle around, and you’ll start to feel this bony thing. And when you lean forward, you’ll feel it rotate against your hand and then disappear. Because what’s happened is, it’s now not making contact with your hand any more, or with the seat of the saddle.

And then what I like to think of is that the saddle’s not there anymore, and that my seat bones have plugged in to the horse’s spine. So I am plugged in to the horse.

 

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Hey riding superstars. Today I’m going to answer, how do you plug in your seat bone?

Okay. So there’s a really cool saddle out there. I don’t know if it’s still out there but they did make one, and they actually cut two holes in the seat of the saddle for you to actually put your seat bones in. So I actually like to think of my saddle having two seat bones, two holes in it. So firstly, if you don’t know where your seat bones are, you’d have to… Can you help please? Thank you. You have to find them.

And the best way is touching them. I know it’s weird. It’s your hand, it’s all good. So literally put your hand under your bum and wiggle around, and you’ll start to feel this bony thing. And when you lean forward, you’ll feel it rotate against your hand and then disappear. Because what’s happened is, it’s now not making contact with your hand any more, or with the seat of the saddle. And then as you rotate back, you’ll feel it. You’ll go, “Ow.” And then if you keep rotating, keep rotating, you’ll lose it again, because then it will rotate all the way and lose contact with the saddle again.

So by really feeling your seat bone… If you can get someone to hold the horse, you can put both hands there and that’s even easier. You’ll start to realize, “Yeah, there’s this bony thing. And then when you find that seat bone, think about literally having two holes in your saddle that you plug those seat bones in, and you literally put them in their little sockets.

And then what I like to think of is that the saddle’s not there anymore, and that my seat bones have plugged in to the horse’s spine. So I am plugged in to the horse. We’re centaurs, or the avatar with the tail plugged in. You know, some kind of plugging in and a connecting of my back and my seat and my bum, to the horses back, and the horse’s spine, and the horses processes.

So then when you feel that you’ve got that at halt and you’re like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” get on a lunge, or get someone to lead your horse, and do the same thing, and walk. And feel… If you tell your body to do nothing… People always pick on me when I do these videos saying, “Oh, she’s such a nasty, untidy rider.” You try talking and ride at the same time. So talk, don’t think about your riding. Think naturally, don’t think about what you’re telling your body to do, and you will feel your seat bones are doing a lot of moving. Not because you told them to move, but because of the way the horse moves. It moves your seat bones with you.

Then if you actively go, “Oh, okay, well I’m going to actually go against the horse and move my seat bones differently,” which I’m doing now, and he’s totally ignoring me, aren’t you? Right, now he’s deciding to listen. Or if I decide to really pedal my seat bones and push them and say to his spine, “I want you to take a bigger step, bigger step, bigger step, bigger step.” You can start playing and realizing that your seat bones can influence the horse’s back because they are plugged in.

Now most people can find that they can plug their seat bones into the horse, in halt and in walk. And the minute we start trotting it becomes a little bit trickier. But, of course it can be done. So it actually helps you with your sitting trot when you can close your eyes. I’ve no idea where I’m going because I’m not on a lunge, but I do have my eyes shut. But if you close your eyes and think of your two seat bones, left and right, moving with the horse, and if you can, get on a lunge and put your hand there again and feel what your seat bones do naturally. And then feel how when you can start to pedal them with the horse.

So if you watch a horse trot, if you look at his hind legs you’ll see that his hips or his pelvis… I’m not so good with my physiology, but this part of him goes, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right. And it goes up, down, up, down, with his diagonal pairs of moving, which means your seat bones are also going to be more connected, less connected, more connected, less connected, depending on where his legs are.

And when you can go with that movement… So as we go left, right, left, right, and then you can plug in and go with that, then you can also connect with your seat bones. And so I told him to slow down just by making my pedaling go slower, or I can make him go quicker by my peddling going quicker. So I trust that’s given you a bit more information about how to plug them in. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, and I’ll see you soon.

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