I'm having a lunge lesson on Sunday with a dressage instructor. I'm a reasonably experienced rider but my horse is very spooky and that has compromised my seat and position.
Now about 9 months ago now I had 2 falls off an ex-racer where he bolted with me both on and off the lunge the first time (on the lunge) everything was going fine until I went into sitting trot where he started to canter and got faster and faster until the centric-fugal force made the saddle slip and consequently tip me off.
He was a very sensitive horse and I blame myself entirely for the fall I think that I gripped with my knees in sitting trot which to him meant faster then I think it was a downward spiral of him speeding up and me gripping more to hang on.
Now what I am worried about is that on Sunday I'm riding a medium level dressage horse and that when asked to take sitting trot I may grip and the same thing will happen. The horse I'm riding is called Aramis and he is a 15.1 Welsh D.
I'm not afraid to say that the falls ruined my confidence (I don't know why it's such a taboo subject in the horse world as I'm sure everyone has experienced it at some point) I'm just terrified that if I fall again the knock to my confidence would just be so hard to overcome.
Do you think that this kind of thing is a possibility? I will of course be talking to my instructor as well but just wondered what your thoughts were? I'm so excited and apprehensive at the same time haha. Heres the link to her website with information on the horses and her lessons: http://www.jojacksondressage.co.uk/
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