I always read the neatest little tidbits in my Barrel Horse News magazine.
As if we didn't have enough reasons to continually work on improving our riding posture...
"Researchers at the University of Rennes in France have found that a rider's poor posture can cause pain in their horse's back.
Researchers concluded that how you ride makes a big difference in your horse's welfare by comparing riding positions of amateur equestrians and the neck positions of their mounts to the kind of back pain those horses experienced while in the stall.
They found that improper riding postures have a strong effect on a horse'sposture at work that leads to chronic vertebral problems."
The mini-article goes on to say that "...high hands and elevated heels tended to cause the horse to maintain a high and often hollow neck position, and that these horses were most likely to have severe back pain."(Barrel Horse News August 2010)
So there ya go folks, all that hard work everyone does to make sure they ride correctly, isn't just for us, it's for our ponies too.