my social studies teacher once told us “human beings are the most selfish of all. even when someone dies, you shed tears only because they are no more around to provide you with whatever they had been for so long”
and it has been 3 years since she said this and this is still what i think about at night
A loverly fuck-ton of horse-riding references.
So there are a few ways people ride horses. The first way is the “proper way”; the stuff they teach you in riding class where you’re supposed to sit up straight so your spine telescopes into your anus when the horse gets jumpy (*pulls reins on sarcasm* Whoaaa, whoaaa boy!). It would be wise to research this a bit if your character is a riding student or something of the sort. There’s a practicality behind it, for the structure of your riding position aids in controlling the horse. Then there’s the racing pose where you’re ass isn’t touching the horse at all (you rely on stirrups; with this one, you’re pretty much required to have a saddle to make this work… I could conceive some ways one could do without, but I’m not that motivated at the moment). This is something you also ought to read up on. Then there’s the type where no “official” rules were learned, so the person adopted a position that seemed to work for their needs (cue for “get creative, home-slice”). And, just as a side note, if you’re not male and you’re drawing a male riding a horse… Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. For the love of all that is good in this world… don’t forget we have balls, and that those balls on the spine of a horse can hurt like a motherfucker (which is why so many of us keep our asses off the seat when starting out). If the horse is jumping around, and we ourselves are well-hung, it’s not gonna be pretty. We have a little more consideration for our groin, so in most cases, we’ll be elevated from the seat a bit (unless your character is a pro and has acclimatized to the abuse and/or learned how to sit properly). In fact, we usually deal with this problem by pushing our hips forward when the horse’s hooves touch the ground; this way our buns of steal can take the impact and not our hopes and dreams (so it kinda looks like we’re grinding on the seat as the horse is going… but trust me, it’s for a good cause).
This book might also help:
Hopefully this helps! Keep up the majestic anatomy!
[From various sources]