…not only for the rider with the best skills, but also for the rider with the best body awareness. Too many horses are prematurely damaged by the tensed and uneven bodies of their riders. The two are the golden combo: body awareness and skills. And in this order.
No amount of skills can counter balance developing crookedness in the horses body when the riders body is tensed, and all the time instinctively seeks the position that is comfortable, because it’s crooked. Such a rider will always eventually make his horse crooked as well.