Originally Posted by azarni
What, exactly, is the style? What were the riders trained to do?
Just asking because I've never heard of it. Videos of other examples of this riding style would also be appreciated.
As posted earlier, it was called "athletics" and it, supposedly, was to keep off the horses back interfering with the horse less.......right!
Anyway, it was seen quite a bit in the 70's, so I'm not sure where you would find videos. If you know how to get hold of copies of the Chronicle of the Horse from that time period, you will see plenty of photos of that style. I hated it then, and I still do.
They would totally swing their legs back and off the horse. They let the irons push them through the air.