I think I have a good question and I'd love to hear everyone's opinions.
Whenever someone posts pictures and asks for a critique everyone points out almost every equitation flaw that the rider has (which is great, because sometimes we all forget things and need reminders). However, almost every "trainer" that I've seen ride has quite a few equitation flaws and even myself, being intermediate can pick out these flaws. The main thing that I've seen is trainers riding in a forward position and they most certainly do not have shoulders back, etc. Yet, their horses respond well to them and they seem to be able to get the horse to do whatever they ask of them! I know that proper equitation and position in the saddle helps the horse. But why is it that alot of trainers don't ride like were told we are supposed to? I mean in a sense we are all "training our horses" but we are not "trainers" (when you think about it). We are training our horses with the help of riding instructors and trainers.
This is just something that's always confused me lol. At one of my old boarding stables the barn owners told me..."when your training a horse, especially a young one...you don't have your mind on your own equitation...your mind is on the horse your training." Soooo how does it all add up lol? Do you guys know what I mean??