Leaning Rider Brad Barkemeyer breaks down the effects of leaning in the saddle while you ride. By H&R Editors | April 1, 2020 | 46 views Watch now! A rider can lean both while riding in a straight line and while riding in a circle. Your horse has to compensate for the shift in weight, so they are going to want to drift away from where you’re leaning. To watch click here.