Spirithorse, I was hoping you'd offer feedback here; thanks for what you've said so far. From your words, the first clue for me is that Parelli goes to a more vertical position for "proper" dressage riding. It has to be that way, because it seems to me that so much of dressage would be impossible (pirouettes come to mind) with rider in balance point seat.
To clarify further, classical seat is atop the 14th vertebrae, which puts the rider up at the wither. The 14th vertebrae is the strongest point of the horse's back, & behind it the back gets progressively weaker. Having learned this, I'm concerned that the balance point seat, which not only tilts the pelvis back but is situated behind the 14th vertebrae, is hard on the horse. Any thoughts, Spirithorse?
Oh, yes: the concentration of weight in the seat is the third thing that is of concern to me; classical riding doesn't agree with this, to my knowledge, but rather puts weight onto thighs & the torso is to be in an upwards energy flow & vertical position.
Any help on these issues is greatly appreciated!
Last edited by Northern; 12-11-2010 at 11:02 PM.