Originally Posted by Faustinblack
I don't really think it's ugly, but it goes against everything I was taught.
A not-very-nice thought came into my head upon reading this.. in that a lot of what goes on in the middle east in terms of endurance goes against everything I was taught..
Maybe its just a difference in terms of teaching from one country to another. Maybe it doesn't make any difference to the horse how the rider sits.. but the cynical part of me says I have personally seen people like Meg Sleeper, Heather & Jeremy Reynolds, John Crandell, and Valerie Kanavy (all very successful international competitors) ride, and they don't ride like that. And all those people ride the same horses in multiple FEI events over multiple years. I have also seen multiple international riders at some of the local FEI events (Canadians, Japanese, most recently a lady from South Africa) and they do not ride like that. I am not sure if the sheiks, who do ride like that, are riding the same horses more than a time or two..