Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
When a rider arch's their back, they've lost their balance and centeredness in the saddle.
As Sally Swift says - when you hollow out your lower back, your balance has now gushed out the front end. You also lost your core, and the effectiveness of your seat.
If you roach your lower back, your balance now gushes out your back and you've over activated your core, and have to much of a seat.
You need a perfect balance between the two. Riding on all 3 points of your seat - and having a strait lower back.
The top picture - her back is perfect with a very effective seat. I would say sit up taller and bring her shoulders back. I would also say lift up your hands - the reason why the riders upper body has leant ahead of the verticle is because her hands are too low, which caused the rest to follow in suit.
Very nice effective leg. Very nice heel - and I love how she is on all 3 points of her seat.
I am surrounded by A Circuit Hunter/Jumper barns, and they all are taught to ride with a strait lower back - because it is effective.