Originally Posted by Allison Finch
I am not a hunter rider....I am not an equitation rider....I event and jump. The best position is any position that allows you to flow with your horse, offering little or no interference. I don't like people who "perch" and over arch their backs, as is done in hunters. It only shuts your seat down (back is too stiff you allow the seat to flow with the horse). That is one reason hunter riders don't sit the canter. It throws away your best jumping aid....seat.
OK, now that I have aggravated all the hunter riders here, flame on.
Agreed! Although ALOT of Hunters do perch and arch their backs, their are some who do not do this. My barn is a hunter barn, but they do not teach us to perch/arch back. My instructor wont let you go past a crossrail if your posiion isnt perfect. But I know exacly what your talking about, I see it at hunter shows all the time and it makes me cringe.
Like you I believe in really going with your horses movment and NEVER catching them in the mouth, I get soooo mad when I see this.