Most people think when you are riding a horse down a steep hill you should lean back. This may come as a shock to you, but this is wrong!!!
My whole life I’ve been told to lean back, to push your feet forward. Even when you go uphill, you are told to lean forward which is somewhat wrong too.
You actually want to lean a little forward with your horse. Think of almost making yourself level with the ground. At first this may seem scary and not natural, but once you get used to it you will find this much better. It is easier on your horses back/ legs and you will have more control over your horse and the situation. When going on long trail rides your horses knees and back will become sore if you do not learn to lean with your horse.