Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
I actually do have to question a little the fact of my legs being a very slight tad too forward being an issue, in these videos, in terms of my balance affecting the horse. When he lifts his head back up that's a mixture of me not pushing him forward enough with my legs and my hands not perfectly holding the contact when his head goes down (not talking about my hand steadiness, but my contact/softening), not my body throwing him off. He has had some stellar days where we have been able to keep a nice frame for just about the entire ride and keep pushing from the behind fairly well... all times using the same saddle, and therefore same leg position. In fact, the day before these videos was one of those days.
While I do agree that being aligned is ideal, like I said, I do have to question on that factor.
I could maybe see where if I heavily used my stirrups there would be an issues of my legs being too forward causing me to fall back into the saddle, but I don't rely on them that heavily. As the videos show, I do keep weight in my stirrups, but it's mainly leg and seat doing the work.