What is an independent seat? I’ve come up with this definition (feel free to add your own):
An independent seat: rider is connected with and in balance with the horse’s movement, absorbs motion without bouncing, does not rely on the reins for balance, and is able to independently control each leg and hand.
It takes years to develop an independent seat. So while you’re at it with your students, here are some tips!
Riding with an Independent Seat article at Equiculture
The Independent Seat article at Happy Horse
Developing an Independent Seat article at Meredith Manor
And this YouTube video of example exercises:
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!