There has been a trend in judging to credit a rider who?s on a really good horse but is not truly functional. The rider is perched on the horse like a statue and is not effective in what she is doing to control the horse?s performance. In American Quarter Horse Journal, Lynn Palm tells how to become a functional rider.
Writing for the Kentucky Horse Council, Tammy Platt gives advice for beginning riders: A horse with little or no ground manners presents a set of challenges that may at first seem insurmountable. While there are obvious problems with this type of behavior, there are some underlying issues that can make training more difficult as well.