Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
I think there are many balance issues that can be improved by bareback riding. Heck, it is just good fun, too. However, I don't necessarily consider it a good way to fix bad equitation. It can still allow a great chair seat and knee grab (which can be a bad habit). It does teach you to center your balance, though.
I like a good leg/seat position, as I believe it can allow for a much clearer and crisper communication with the leg and seat. A poor position with an emphasis on sitting back on the bum doesn't allow the flexibility of the lower back to be used or developed. That is crucial for creating a deep seat, IMO.
However, if the bulk of your leg aid is to kick when you want to go, with little else needed, any seat is just fine.
Have I ever used a chair seat? You bet! When I am on my tenth or eleventh hour in the saddle, my butt has explored every possible position it can find! LOL!