Originally Posted by darkiss4428
dose this cause back muscle atrophy?
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It causes lack of development.
You don't want to bascule
a gaited horse too aggessively or you can contert a pace into trot. You do want to engage the back end and tap the power of the rear do drive the horse forward. This will also give a pleasing head set.
The leg is used to do this. You push the horse into the bit (you DO NOT pull the bit back to yhe horse). If you are riding a "chair seat" you don't have effective use of the leg and you'll likely be riding an inverted horse. The specifics of doing this vary somewhat from discipline to discipline.
A mal-developed back is usually indicative of poor riding practices or, someimes, just lack of work.