Spin-off Pet Peeves Trail Riding: Teach A Midwesterner!
I read all the comments about the Tevis Cup riding. And watched this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsvj...eature=related Coming from the midwest, I ride on mostly flat terrain, but take vacation riding trips in terrain that is not unlike that shown in the video.
Question: What is the best way to navigate that terrain. I've been taught, perhaps incorrectly, to lighten my seat so the horse can use his back, keep the weight in my heels, grab a bit of mane to keep some contact but let the horse have his head to rebalance as needed. I believe I read a few times where folks wrote it was not a good practice to stand in the stirrups. Is that the same as lightening a seat? And when I say lighten, it's a very small two point.
I ride outside of trail (LL dressage and some jumping) so I have a base line of knowledge, I'd just like to ensure I'm doing right by the ponies I ride on vaca. Thanks!