Thanks, I think there needs to be a thread like this.
Hmmm I always want to ride correctly, but that doesn't always happen. Sometimes I think a person needs to learn to not only ride correctly, but to correct the horse correctly. For example, having the ability to recognize and 'feel' when the horse is moving improperly, because in all reality a rider could be the picture of perfect if you looked at just the rider in one instance....however the horse underneath may be a whole different picture.
How many of us have seen the photos of the rider sitting perfectly, perfect seat, perfect hands......and the horse underneath is running down hill or throwing its head in the air like a giraffe.
I've seen people get totally overwhelmed after attending a three day clinic, the information overload is too much. I much prefer to get ONE piece of advice, go home and work on it, get it perfect, then go back and get one more piece of advice.
Learning to ride correctly takes time, patience, practice and the willingness to accept constructive criticism to improve.....it ALSO requires the rider to teach the horse to carry them obediently while remaining balanced and soft. It's a two way street.......many people forget that.