Originally Posted by SpottedDraftRider
Scoutrider: My mom was watching me ride (She has been riding for 20+ years now) and she said that I wasn't leaning one bit. My instructor also didn't tell me that I was leaning at all during the lesson. Otherwise that is what I thought at first. I will have to look into Sally Swift.
Huh... well, that kills that theory, lol.
Then again, I'm not a trained hunter rider, so perhaps there's something in the theory that I'm not aware of regarding the use of weight aids in that discipline that I'm not aware of. In terms of sheer common sense, though, weight is going to factor in to your turns no matter what. Even to simply remain in balance, to be a non-interfering passenger, you need to apply your weight to stay in balance with the horse's position and motion through your turn... All the actual weight aid is is using your own weight and balance to make it easier for the horse to adopt the correct balance and posture...