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The New Galloping Position Fad
I was down in Ocala, Florida at the USET training sessions when this new American "fad" galloping position first came about. This new position, called the cruising position, was being touted as "the easiest and most efficient position for the horse to carry the rider for long gallops in between fences." It involves locking your hinges (ankles, knees, and hips), so that your legs are straight with no weight in your heels. And standing straight up so that your hips are well up over the pommel of the saddle, with your hands planted on the neck - leaning a significant amount of your weight on your hands (as in the above picture.)