Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The photos AnrewPL showed are fairly common in western riding. I usually spend some time every ride doing that. As long as I move my hips with my horse and don't brace against the stirrups, it works fine for us both. At least in my experience, when I do that, much of my weight is carried by my thighs and my butt is fairly light in the saddle. But it is NOT proper riding for an English saddle...
A tip I liked was to get in the saddle, hold the front, and shove my knees as low as I could get them. Then relax. I don't jump, so I can't comment about that.
This is at a canter, but it is from a George Morris book showing what he says is good position:
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
Last edited by bsms; 04-17-2013 at 10:02 AM.