Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I actually agree with both of you, fore the most part this morning!
I often wonder why I never pushed myself to show at the World level, was it only the money, or perhaps, doing what 'everyone does', when the stakes are high, with lots of money invested.
I like to think not, as I refused to follow what were common practices, even on the breed local circuit. I never had healthy hocks injected, a tail altered, and when I ran games, I did so in a snaffle and never carried a bat
My mares were never on regulmate.
Far as equitation position, I think we have discussed it before, and it certainly varies from 'classical' position on the flat, to what is needed, in many activities
,,To stay with a horse, you do have to be centered, legs under you , and not in an arm chair position Stirrups, even on modern western saddles, allow your legs to move as they need to, allowing you to move them forward, in such things as a hard stop, for instance
I don't ride down the trail as if I am being judged in an equitation class! I switch rein hands whenever i feel like it, just sit relaxed, and it is natural for me to ride with heels down, some weight in the stirrups. You can also stay with a horse much better that way, during sudden moves I have not consciously put myself in any position, it is just 'natural' I ride with longer stirrups then many, most likely going back to my knees
At times I just have my reins draped over my saddle, using both hands on my camera