An educated position is essential for schooling horses in the Forward Riding System.

In Summary, Points Concerning Position

Nonabuse of the horse, unity of the rider with the horse in motion, the security of the rider, and the efficient and effective use of aids are the four fundamentals of a good working position.

The rider should know well the seven physical qualities of a fluid position and exercises that help to develop each of them.

The three hinges, angles, or springs in the leg position are the ankle, knee, and hip.

The three areas of grip are the inside lower thigh, inside knee, and inside upper calf.

All horses move in dynamic balance, and the rider’s position must be efficient and flexible to be in balance with the horse at different speeds, on uneven terrain, and during the jump, The modern Forward Riding Position is based on the stirrup for this reason.

In educated riding over the past three hundred years, two main systems of riding have emerged. One is the classical dressage system based on principles of manege riding from 1550 to its golden era in the eighteenth century. The second system is the Forward Riding System/American hunter system based on field and sport riding with jumping. It is a complete system that has evolved from the 1920s through the work of Caprilli, Chamberlin, and Littauer.


For more information, see Schooling And Riding The Sport Horse (P.D.Cronin), pp 23-38; pp 3-20.