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Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
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Meadowsweet Ranch 
8118 Wilmot Road
(actually at the end of Sundial Lane)
Spring Grove, IL 60081

A GPS will not get you to our door.  Please use the directions on our web-site or put Meadowsweet Ranch into Google maps.  Sundial Lane ends at the parking area for our club room.

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Kathy Boettcher 
Meadowsweet Ranch 


Developing an Independent Seat


Sunday, March 31, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


(lunch included)

Trish Rogatzki and Kathy Boettcher are teaming up again to bring you a day designed to give you a set of seven exercises that will be done on and off the horse that will help you achieve an independent seat.

The goal of every rider should be to develop an independent seat when riding their horse.  Why?  Because an independent seat means you are more secure in the saddle and you can effectively communicate with your horse.

So, what is an independent seat?  When you have an independent seat, you are able to ride the horse at a walk, trot and canter without bouncing.  In order to achieve this, you need to be able to absorb the concussion of the horse’s swinging, moving back.  Meaning you need to be in sequence with the horse’s back in order not to bounce. 

Another way to look at it is that you are able to use your hands, arms, and legs, independently of your seat and while doing so your seat remains secure in the saddle.  No matter what you or the horse are doing, your seat just follows the horse.

Developing an independent seat takes time and practice and you can practice on and off the horse.  You can practice while brushing your teeth, walking up and down the stairs, standing in line at the grocery store, etc. 

No matter what discipline you ride, no matter if you ride professionally or for pleasure, no matter what breed of horse or pony you ride, these exercises will benefit you and your horse.

Spots are limited, so register early.  Auditors are welcome.