I’ve always wanted to ride like the Germans. As a kid I remember watching the 1996 Olympics and wondering why I didn’t sit on the horse like Ludger Beerbaum or Isabell Werth. It really looked like they had their spines replaced by steel with perfectly square shoulders.
I rationalized that this was a professional rider thing and that normal riders would never really get there. Then I showed up in Germany and realized that ALL German riders have this same posture. Seriously.