Originally Posted by Northern
Dr. Deb Bennett did a study on which gender riding is easier for, all very scientific (pelvis shape, etc.), so you might want to read her take on it at her site.
I don't remember the result either, but I remember reading that article somewhere, maybe Equus magazine? Anyway, I remember looking at the photos she showed in comparison of male and female English (Dressage I think) riders and I remember thinking the woman looked more balanced on her horse, more poised and ready for whatever she was going to do with her horse. The man in the example looked like he was sitting so far back on his buttocks that to me, having not seen very many male Dressage riders, I thought he looked like he was sitting kind of "lazy." Like he was behind the motion of his horse. Apparently that is the "correct" way to ride. I remember the article saying that it would be physically impossible for most women to ride like that because of the shape of our tail bone. Strange, huh?
I haven't noticed the odd way of sitting in male western riders. Maybe it is there or maybe that "on your pants pockets" thing is more of a Dressage thing?
Here is the article: http://www.equinestudies.org/whos_bu..._2008_pdf1.pdf
Very interesting reading for all!