I'm sitting here reading people's posts "horses moving improperly" and "not riding correctly" What qualifies as correct or proper? Doesn't that vary per riding style? And what for those people who don't ride for competition, which is the 'correct' way for them to ride? I feel this is all very...vague/overgeneralized?
I do think different displines/breeds/individuals have to be ridden differently, move differently and need various things from their riders.
I do endurance and trail ride. I've ridden ponies, arabians, many ottb's, stock horses and full blooded drafts, plus most types in between. they all need you to ride differently, and respond to them in different ways.
I'm not a great rider, but my goals are as follows;
-soft hands, light seat, stay out of the horses way and make it as easy as possible for them to do their job. be ballanced and light
-be sympathetic, understanding and try to read your horse. why are they refusing? fear? attitude? pain? and respond accordingly
-always comunicate clearly, never set yourself up for failure. asking too much at once makes a frustrated horse and rider.
I don't know dressage, reining or any specific disapline(other than endurance) but I can stay on, be ballanced and respectful. unlike alot of people I know, I can ride green, ornery horses, work them through problems and end up with a willing mount. In some ways I know I'm not riding 'right', but I am succeeding at my goals at the moment, and until I have the funds to be taught another way, this is what I have to work with.