Originally Posted by Charley horse
Picture of my husband riding.."I think he was riding w/a tight rein" -he always has.
Looking at this.. your husband has the same exact stance ON the horse as the horse has under him. Look at the tension.. he is leaning forward and his back is tense and hollow and he is clenching the reins... and his legs are two far forward while his butt is flat weight in the saddle.
The horse under him also is clenching his back, gaping his mouth and raising his head in response to the stiff rider.
The rider looks as tho he is afraid the horse will take off.. and the horse is acting like he is afraid that he may NEED to take off because the rider is so tense!
In the second photo the horse is doing better.. but only because the reins are loose... not because the rider is really working with the horse.
Neither is an example of what Mbaron5731 describes.
Nice horse BTW.