The position we adopt on top of the horse is very important when communicating with the animal, when it comes to getting it to obey us, to move, it is vital that from the beginning we know how to sit and the position of the body:
- The seat: It is one of the most important parts, since that is where we feel with greater precision how the horse is; If the gallop has gone wrong, if it is limping, when jumping, in dressage, everything is communicated with the seat. We will always be relaxed in the saddle, with our body centered, since if we are not centered, we will not be able to use the rest of our body correctly, much less our balance.
- The arms: The important thing when we go riding is that the horse notices that we are relaxed. This is transmitted a lot with our hands, so that if we are tense, we will pull the fillet, the reins, we will not let the horse stretch its neck. Our arms have to hang naturally, our elbows bent and our hands, with the thumbs up, will be placed just above our elbows, on either side of the cross.
- The legs: with our legs we constantly send signals to the horse. In order not to confuse you, they should be the same as the arms, hanging naturally, with pressure on the saddle, so that the horse notices us, and knows who is boss. With our hips relaxed.
- The feet: They go in the stirrups, but you do not have to put the whole foot in, just the tip leaving the heel uncovered and lowering them, in such a way that the heels are lower than the tips of the feet.
- Shoulders: square and relaxed, with our face tall, looking forward over the ears, never down.
Elasticity and balance They are two things that we have to have engraved in our mind to ride. Our body has to move at the same rate as the horse.
The perfect position It is the one in which an imaginary line can be drawn, going from our head to our ankles, passing through the hips.