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Tip of the Day: ‘Pointing’ your seatbone to give an aid

Particularly for lateral work, putting extra weight into your seatbone, to ask the horse to step under it, is a very useful aid, and can be either subtle or strong.

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This is quite extreme leg yield, done very deliberately at a big angle for a few strides in walk only.

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A much more subtle leg yield to outside track! I’m weighting the outside seatbone to encourage the horse to step under it, hopefully without going wonky.

Rather than consciously weighting one seatbone by pushing downwards, which can make me drop my hip, collapse my waist, and go wonky, I find that if I think more of pointing that hipbone up/at the marker I am aiming for, it will give the aid clearly without particularly affecting my position and balance. It sounds weird, thinking of moving your hip bone not your seat bone, but it works for me.

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