We take our horse to the jog by putting both
heels in light pressure against, right at the girth line against the horses side. Once
they’re jogging, we’re looking for a nice, two beat rhythm, that the rider sits in a
comfortable and relaxed fashion, but maintaining our good posture and our correct seat. We
want our seat to be following the movement of the horse, but not encouraging a lot of
excess movement. A rider should appear to have full control while the hands and the
body do little to nothing at all. We have a lot of communication that we are effective
with through our seats and our leg, so our rider’s position is very helpful in maintaining
that kind of a drive through our seat as our legs quietly wraps around the leg, or around
the horse’s barrel, giving us the opportunity at any given time to apply that pressure that
keeps our horse maintaining their balance, collection and roundness of their circle.
Horses move away from pressure, and our calf muscle as well as our heel are very effective
in creating the roundness of the circle, the correctness of the bend and flexion. The rider’s
seat should be sitting firmly in the saddle on their seat bones, always keeping the position
so that we feel very balanced or level across our hips and our legs. We want to be sure
that our upper body remains very quiet, our elbows at our side, because we’re always,
always thinking about the care of the horse’s mouth. Any hand movement, any elbow movement
goes directly to the horse’s sensitive mouth, and in fact does what we call dulls them down.
We want a horse that’s sensitive and quick to respond because our hands have been sensitive
and careful to respond. Our rider’s now starting to get a nice, soft and relaxed job from her
young horse, and we can see that the progress would continue as she continues with his training.