The first key to riding is sitting on the horse correctly. No matter what your discipline, if you do not have a balanced position you will not be as comfortable and as effective when you are riding. There are many different styles of riding that have developed over the years, but the fundamentals to staying secure and balanced in the saddle have not changed. Rider biomechanics is a topic that we could discuss at length, but the most important pieces to remember are keep a flat back, keep your center (your balance point) over your feet, and allow your muscles to relax – don't tense up to “hold on”. Watch this video for more pointers and visual examples of correct posture.