Alright, well I just had an AMAZING lesson. Ive never asked a horse to collect themselves or go in an outline before, so this was my first time and it was so cool! Ive never had a horse really go on the bit before.
I have started riding an Arabian pony recently, and this was my second ride on him. I. am. In. LOVE. He's really sweet and not high strung or hot headed at all. He does whatever you ask. Somewhere along the lines, he has had pretty good training, or so Im guessing. He's the kind of horse that does everything you ask, no questions asked. And my trainer said that he's the type that is always looking back at the rider, looking up to them. I can tell this is true, because whenever I feel unbalanced or shift to the right/left, it's almost like he goes along with me to keep me up there. And he's reeeally touchy. Barely a nudge with your legs and he responds.
Anyways, back to the topic. It felt so...amazing? to feel an actual connection with a horse. I ride with soft hands, soft seat, soft legs...Im not really a rough rider, so to speak. It's just the way I am. Sometimes that's a bad thing, because I need to learn to be more demanding on tougher horses, but it's why I fit so well with this horse. Ive always ridden with barely any reins, probably cause I dont rely on them, but when my trainer told me to drop my hands lower, take up a liiiittle bit of rein and push him forward, he immediately collected himself up and started to work of the bit. It almost felt like he was pulling the reins out of my hands because of the connection. It felt awesome. He almost -over- collected, so what do I really so when that happens? I pulled up more rein to kinda...position his head so he wasnt all the way collected. Is this what Im supposed to do? I am having trouble gauging how much I need on the reins/how his head is supposed to be positioned. What's a good outline?
Overall, an AMAZING lesson, and Im so ecstatic! Ive finally found a horse that is a really good match for me! Now off to find a horse like him that's a bit taller to buy ;P