Position Question?

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  • Position question
  • Dressage riders shoulders leaning behind the vertical

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    08-30-2011, 02:35 AM
Green Broke
Position Question?

I put this in the dressage section just because it is where I notice it the most. I have noticed a lot of what are seen as pro riders, looking like they are leaning back a lot when they are riding. Am I missing something as to why they are sitting like this or are they just riding wrong? I'm not sure how to descride it other then they are leaning back. I can put a picture up to give an idea of what I am talking about but I would getting it off the internet.
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    08-30-2011, 05:12 AM
Some riders will lean back a little in the extended paces because they're just so **** hard to sit on. Though leaning back is not a correct position in a rider and shows a fault - not many people have the skill to be able to sit an enormous moving warmbloods extended trot and be able to remain perfectly upright.
    08-31-2011, 03:24 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I was just curious
    08-31-2011, 01:52 PM
The riders are not leaning back in that they are at all behind the motion of the movement. It is more a position to be able to apply the seat aids in a way in which they are effective during a test. The core is still very much engaged, infact the position feels very much like a sit up where the entire back has just left the floor and you are lifting your chest to meet your knees, except every stride of the movement.
Leaning back is a position fault as it implies the rider has fallen behind the motion of the horse and is not using the core to balance independently from the hands. A positioning of the body where the shoulders are behind the vertical can be useful and when done in balance is "correct", although not ideal.
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