Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Agreed on asking "Why." The object of leg position has more to do with keeping your body quiet bc that is what keeps you on the horse. The more quiet your body, the deeper and heavier your seat and that keeps you sticking to the saddle/horse.
Disagree re: putting your feet in front. A chair seat makes you more vulnerable to falling behind the motion of the horse. You cannot maintain a chair seat for hours and hours. If you ride with a chair seat I recommend very long trail rides to retrain your legs.
Agreed re: US Cavalry. They trained, during WARTIME, many green riders, often on green horses, hence the S-shaped, long shanked, high ported curb bit with a chain. The manual gives advice on how to spend your long days drilling, then grooming the horse and cleaning and maintaining your tack.
During PEACETIME, they also drilled, groomed and cleaned/maintained, plus they had a lot of horse shows. We spent a few years hanging with the US Cavalry Assocation in Ft. Riley, KS. They have a lot of photos and data regarding the post WWI Cavalry. They would show English, jump horses and mules, single, Roman-Style, and maybe 3x/time, and their horses pulled caissons over hilly terrain. They were, at that time, trying to create a super-horse that could do it. In 1942 they discovered it wasn't possible. The peacetime Cavalry were really horse show people.