To quote her ''they arn't exactly helping the horse''.. we've wondered hy it's so comon (tho icelandic riders are starting to get away from it) and we figured it might be that when you first train the horse to rack, it helps it the first few times, just like standing up in the trot can help a green horse the first times. And then people just kept going with it. Or maybe it's from when it was ust used for transport. Or maybe it's just to keep clear cues from trot and tölt. But we're just guessing on this :P
You push the lower back down and make it harder for the horse to lift its back in the gait and carry well, but I don't think it unhealthy or else they should hav changed it, especially on iceland where they really need(ed) the horses.
You cod always try oing it 'my way'' and see if there is a differense. Maybe it won't work for your horse tho :)
The main reason it was used here was that we didn't know better
Chair seat is not something we work at getting here
I don't think it actually hurts the horse in any way, but you might be slightly behind it's centre of gravity and your ques aren't as clear
There is a big difference between really sitting in the saddle and a chair seat, and the former is what is taught here
Zab I'm going to have to wait with commenting on the vid! Youtube is being naughty :roll: