“Feets in your bottom!” What to do with your seat now that you have found it.

Dale Forbes

At one point Herr Schultheis said in my hearing, “You must develop feets [sic] in your bottom!”  And indeed you must.

If you have read the post about finding your seat (https://dressagesnob.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/weight-aids-use-of-the-seat/), you know where your seat is supposed to be–one side of it evenly on each side of the saddle, your torso lightly stretching up, the leg relaxed downward anchored softly by the calf, and the horse swinging nicely under you–here is how you are to use it.

The fluid, following or leading (really “matched” is a better word) seat serves as a template for the movement of the horse.

The fluid, following or leading (really “matched” is a better word) seat serves as a template for the movement of the horse!!!!!!!

(Yes, you are to think I think this is important–Thank you.)

Slightly retard the movement of the seat–the horse is supposed to slow up the tempo.

Slightly quicken–an indication to step faster.

Weight more on one side–go that way laterally.

One seat bone forward, one back–adopt a slight angle.

The combination of the regulating or allowing seat with the the backup of the leg and rein aids gives the horse the relaxed look of connection and confidence–the horse is “on” the rider–connected.

As Rudolf said, years later, to me: “You never use just one aid–hand, weight, or leg–there is always an interplay.”

This is a very dramatic example of a horse following the rider’s seat–also one of Rudolf’s horses and riders.

The late Blue Horse Matine with Andreas Helgstrand