Thighs away from the saddle, is a concept which I find completely alien to my way of looking at riding. To me it makes no sense in physics, makes no sense to the horse and essentially renders you depended on the reins for any kind of balance. It also puts all the weight in your seatbones or in the stirrups!
Perhaps it was an overreaction to ‘gripping with the knee’ which used to be taught a long while back?
The tenets of rider biomechanics , so well elucidated by Mary Wanless BHSI, include the following basic requirements.
Now lets imagine taking your thighs away from the saddle, in combination with the other myth of ‘Relax’…
What would be the consequences?
If you have every ridden a powerful athletic horse, with big movement, you soon come to realise that thighs away and no take leaves you at the mercy of wherever your body is thrown about! Just check out some of our most elite dressage riders, and realise there is not any floppy thighs or floppy riders.
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