Originally Posted by Brighteyes
I had a lunge lesson today that centered around learning to control hip angles. My trainer said hip angles should stay closed when riding huntseat, but didn't mention other disciplines or situations. I'm curious: in what disciplines/situations do you close your hip angle? In which do you keep an open hip angle? Why?
The only time I close my hip angle, is when I am over a fence when jumping - but then again, I'm not really closing my angle, when my horse is for me.
I've never been able to understand why Hunt Seat Riders ride with such a forward upper body......when their upper body is infront of the verticle, their weight is on their horses forehand, making it that much more difficult for their horses to get off of their forehand.......never understood this.
To my understanding, your hip angle should be opened and flexable to move in accordance to the horse, where your upper body should be tall at at the verticle, so your weight is over your horses center of gravity - that way, you can aid your horse to move off of their back end, pushing themselves along, instead of putting weight on your horses front end, where they cannot do their job properly.