Originally Posted by Supanova
I do wonder how many instructors have told you this in the past but you have disregarded their advice?
I have actually never been told "he will lighten up and work from behind better if you sit up straight". As a matter of fact I've only really had ONE coach who even picked me up on my habit of slouching! [current one - yes that's right, other than one comment of "taller" and being yelled at to keep my heels down, not even an FEI coach has said anything about my position!]
"His" one-sidedness is me, also never been told that by a coach but after 3 had to really look at myself. And in looking at myself I realized I slouch worse with one shoulder than the other, and I think I might collapse a hip as well. I have no photos of me taken from behind so don't know for sure, but I don't always sit perfectly straight in the saddle. I also struggle to point my shoulders where I want to go, especially going left [my bad direction].
SO, my suspicions that my horse is better educated than he lets on may just be accurate... but because of MY riding, not because he's rusty or lazy!