Originally Posted by Rodeo Pro
I lean forward but it is hard and you need strong legs also some people sit back because if their horse goes to fast they won't have a good turn but sitting back & kicking?? People are giving the horse mixed signals so ultamately they will not go as fast as they can.
Sitting forward can be a very bad thing. Talk about sending mixed signals? Sitting forward during a turn can cause a horse to hollow out, rather than gather up, and lose it's motor. Sitting down during a turn will tell the horse to rock back and drive through the turn. Aside from a miscommunication, rocking forward onto your pelvis will ultimately shift your leg back, heel up, and will cause a lack of correct balance throughout the turn.
I'm not into the whole "sitting back and kicking" deal. Most riders who do this... as well as riding over at their pelvis... tend to be novices that arent fully aware of what they're communicating to their horse. Most grow out of it as they learn and work with a professional.