Next to the pressure upon the bit, the seat is the most important element in the rider's contact with the horse.
On another forum there is a discussion in which the bounce was referenced and summarily defended by some and likewise prosecuted by others. So I thought it would be a great thread for all English/Western riders to discuss here. Are you game?
Upon observation of a great majority of riders, including international GP riders, the still quiet seat is really not there.
In actuallity the riders' bodies are imposing a downward vertical thrust upon the horses' backs. The riders torso and pelvic actually rise and fall in the vertical line from the saddle, which means the laws of physics will apply all motion into the back of the horses.
The old school I was privaliged to educated in taught the rider to allow the torso and legs to be independent and the hips to move forward and backward in rhythm with the hips of the horse?
Has anyone else been so educated or is it now a lost art?