Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Actually here is my another stupid question.
I'm taking lessons with 2 instructors. One is dressage/jumping and she tells me the horse should have a little bend to the inside even when she goes straight. Other one is jumping (no dressage what so ever) and she said the horse must be absolutely straight if we go straight. So I'm very confused... I don't feel like saying "hey, other instructor said something different..."...
If you read the articles ."straight" does not refer to the body of the horse but in the movement of the horse. A horse can be straight even when it is on a circle and slightly bent.
The problem is that many coaches interchange straight meaning the horse should not be over flexed or wrongly bent with straight meaning traveling straight, and don't explain (some because they can't as they do not fully understand).
Your dressage coach is right and your jumper coach is also right but each is not explaining what they mean so you understand EXACTLY what they are referring to.
Any crookedness in the body of the horse ( in other words what you SEE) is a manifestation of what the legs are doing wrong.