Originally Posted by Honeysuga
Now with a saddle it is much less dangerous because the saddle is there to provide a rigid support surface to distribute the force of gravity on the person standing, but even that can cause severe problem when done over and over. So I urge anyone who thinks standing on a horse is teh awesom to at least do it on a well fitting saddle for the sake of the horse.
I do stand on my horse... However, I do it as a trick rider and always with a proper saddle. Some of these comments are offending but I'm a big girl and can deal with it. I believe it shows a lot of control when standing on a horse. You know that horse knows its job and isn't a spook... Videos probably show this best with standing up. I do like a horse that will do it whether or not they are a trick horse. Yes, they CAN see you on their back, and if their eyes aren't far enough to the sides and they can't see you, they can still feel you. A horse can feel everything you do on their back, every time you get nervous, every time your hand moves a couple inches, every time you scratch an itch they are aware of it, and every time you lean or lay over to avoid hitting a tree, etc. Some of you have a point and others are being plain ignorant!