Originally Posted by X Halt Salute
First off, don't feel like a fool! The way you sit in an English saddle is very different so you SHOULD feel odd at first! I had a new student in the very same situation today and she did great! Make sure your instructor takes the time to explain the differences and shows you how to properly sit in the sddle. Are you going to do dressage or jumping? Depending on what type of lessons you take, the type of saddle and the way you sit in it may very quite a bit.
I usually start my students on the lunge line until they feel comfortable at the walk and trot (sitting and rising) - until they can do both well without holding on for balance. I find it's easier for students to learn this without having to control the reins as well (it's not really fair to use the horse's mouth for balance).
A good coach will make you feel comfortable, make sure you understand what and why you are doing what you are doing and provide a safe environment to learn in and take you at a pace where you can establish a firm foundation of skills to build on. Remember, WE WORK FOR YOU! So don't be afraid to ask questions!
Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great! :)
im just going to do some pleasure riding.nothing really competitive.i know how to post and stuff but I've been riding western for a long time and those little stirrup leathers don't really hold my leg in place like the wetsern stirrups do!also whats the diffrence in an english riding horse and a western horse?thnx for your help.
- ill also be taking lessons at a riding center that teaches english jumping and pleasure.it depends on how I really get into english riding as far as how long ill be taking lessons there-