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.
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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device