Originally Posted by tinyliny
your comment about the other person leasing also being in a chair seat is very telling. It can be due to the saddle, AND the build of the hrose. He may be really well sprung in the ribs, with a kind of "groove" in front of his big belly, such that it's really hard to keep your leg down under you , when it is being rolled forward into that groove, time after time.
Could you take a photo of the horse, with saddle on, squared up on flat ground?
These are for tinyliny since you asked about pics of him. This is the best I could get as far as squared up on flat ground. Let me know if you see anything. Hope the pics are somewhat useful.
Another interesting thing I came across was watching some Wendy Murdoch videos where she spoke of 'filling' the lower back. She says the hollow, stiff backs a lot of riders have can cause using the reins for balance, pushing feet forward, and on and on. I'm definitely guilty of hollowing/bracing my back, not on purpose of course but because of constantly being told to 'sit tall', etc, but I didn't realize how I was doing it wasn't the right way. It's crazy how much we can get wrong if the details are left out!! So now I can definitely feel how much a difference it can make in stabilizing the core even just sitting in my chair. I can't ride until next Wed but I'll definitely be trying it then.
Back to my horse though, here are the pics.
Thank you. Premier left.jpg Premier right.jpg
And just 'cuz he's got a cute face. Premier facing.jpg