Trainer's Paddock-If The Rider Is Right The Horse Is Right
Here are several riders who are all riding different disciplines. All these rider have one thing in common they are right in the saddle so there horses are right.
Rider number 1 is riding on a Flat Seat English. She has her irons at the proper length so she is able to post the trot properly. She is balanced in the saddle. Her hands are in the correct position even as she rises posting the trot. She is balanced and correct which helps her horse be balanced and correct. She is perfect example of a Flat Seat English rider.
Rider Number 1
Rider Number 2
Rider number 2 is riding Hunt Seat. Her Irons are the correct length and she is seating balanced in the saddle. Her hands are in the correct position not to low or too high. This rider is balanced and correct as is her horse. She is a perfect example of a Hunt Seat Rider.
Rider number 3 is riding Western Pleasure. Again her stirrups are the proper length so she is well seated in the saddle. Her hand is in the correct position on the reins and she is riding one handed as she should be. She is balanced and correct in the saddle. She is a perfect example of a Western Pleasure rider.
Rider Number 3
Rider number 4 is riding Dressage. His stirrups are the correct length, so he is seated properly in the saddle. His hands are in the correct position too. He balanced and correct in the saddle. He is perfect example of a Dressage rider.
Rider Number 4
Rider number 5 is a pleasure riding on a western saddle. She like the other riders have her stirrups at the correct length and she is seated properly in the saddle. Her hand is in the correct position. Just like those other rider she riding balanced and correct. She is the perfect example of a Pleasure rider.
My point here is whether you are in the show ring, dressage ring or trail riding it's important that you are right in the saddle so your horse will be right. Being right means having your stirrups at the correct length not too short or too long. You should be centered and balanced in the saddle sitting on your seat bones. You should have your hands in the correct position for reining for your horse. Being balanced in
Rider Number 5
the saddle is also important for your safety when you are riding on the trail, because if you are properly balanced than when you encounter obstacle on the trail like a limb of a tree or your horse is startled by something you won't be so likely to become unseated. If you are riding correctly your horse will find the ride less tiring and less stressful , which will make a more enjoyable ride for you both.