Any tips for the Gallop?
Hello everyone. So, here it is, my first post in the riding...forum area...thing. xD
So here's how it is...my last riding class, I galloped on my own for the first time. (As in, a horse without what we call a guide)
Now, I know I couldn't expect to get it perfect the first time. o.o Still...I almost fell. O.o; And I only managed to remain in gallop for...what, 3 seconds at a time?
So I was hoping for some tips to do at least a bit better the next time!
Now, here's my main problem...I can't remain sitting! >.<
I'm already not really the best at the sitting TROT, but I think I'm getting better there.
But the sitting trot is one thing, there's not as much of an...impact. As soon as I start going faster than that, I start rising and sitting, which as my teacher says, confuses the horse because...well, if I want gallop I need to sit.
Maybe it's my position? After I failed at the gallop, I trained the sitting trot for a while in a position that seemed to feel...easier to stay sitting.
I know I have to keep my shoulders back, but am I suppose to...lean a bit back, or just sit straight? (hopefully I'm making sense)
Also...might as well also ask this. In the sitting trot, am I suppose to be keeping my legs relaxed, or not? x.x I just...read somewhere in a thread here I think someone saying to keep your legs relaxed, but I always thought you were suppose to keep them "gripping" the horse.
*scratches head* Anyway...any tips are welcome. Thanks in advance for any advice. ^^