Open reining isn't quite as popular in Western than in English, but it works better for us and in turn, Red responds much better. It also helped me sit the trot a bit better, I had more of a handle on him so I could stop him quicker, slow him down easier and etc, while when I neck reined, I kept having to gather my reins.
Anyways, my habit. Yeah. I lean back. Not just when I'm stopping him, but when we're moving into a canter or a really fast paced trot-although if I'm honest, all Red has is a fast paced trot-I kind of look like this;
|WOAH CAMEL WOAH!|
And while it helps me keep my seat a bit better, I can't decide if this is a bad bad bad thing for my EQ-ya know, take some bad out, put some bad back in-or if this may help me. I mean, I'm not in the show ring(yet) just on the trails, but I don't want any bad habits. Nope nope nope! If I ever end up showing, I don't want to have to say, "nope, doing this wrong, gotta quit, gotta quit that, gotta quit that" until I end up having to change my whole riding EQ and more. I typically only leaned fairly far back when I was either stopping or trying to slow. I don't do it at a walk or just a trot, but I do it a bit when I work into a canter-by the way, his canter feels like he's bucking. No joke. Anywho, I sit forward when going up steep hills, going over a small log or something on the trails which he tends to *hop* over. But not sure on this new habit...Any tips???