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Re: [RC] Chair Seat - Diane Trefethen

Hi Kim,

I may be mistaken but I believe there are ancient bas reliefs showing mounted soldiers who are also seated behind their centers of gravity. While there may be sound, mechanical reasons for doing this, that benefit the horse, I believe that the degree of sophistication required to ascertain with any certainty that this is true was not available back then. Before modern racing came into being, jockeys rode in a similar style. I believe someone else posted that modern steeplechase jockeys do the same - wonder if that is for the duration of the race or only on the landing after those big jumps. After all, if it were so efficient, why wouldn't Cross Country competitors and 3-Day Eventers employ the technique?

Knowing the propensity of humankind to take the easy road, I can't help suspect that this style of riding has more to do with the comfort of the rider than the well-being of the horse.



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Re: [RC] Chair Seat, Kim