I am riding now after about 20 years off. Things are coming back and all...it's been about 13 lessons so far (I'm riding 2x / week)...
The thing is, I am riding the biggest thoroughbred I have ever ridden. I like him. He's got an attitude, which is not so great, but we get along pretty well.
He's about 17 hands...6ft? At the withers (I'm going off the fact that I'm 5'7", and his withers are significantly above my head.)
When we canter, his stride is huge. I feel like we're eating up the arena.
2 questions. He gets a little pissy when I'm trying to get a collected canter (apply pressure with leg and squeeze rein and sit deeper into the saddle ).. He starts this whole shenanigan thing... Throwing his head, and sort of jumping/prancing around.. Not smooth, very up in the air... (i can't explain it... maybe if I knew what it looked like from the ground) Any suggestions as to how I might be able to get a shorter stride from him?
Also, can better half chaps really make a difference? I was going to save up for boots, but I'm thinking I might want to get better half chaps. Mine are the reeaaallly cheap $30 ones from amazon which are "nubuck" and leather. They are too big. Too big in width, not length. Like there's a lot of extra leather... And I feel uncomfortable...like there's these bags around my legs.
I am as clear as I can possibly be (we pick up the canter really easily)... But it's the maintaining and monitoring that is a issue with him. I got a lot more from him today, which is an improvement.
I hope this made sense. I'm up in the middle of the night not sleeping (today was a weird day, and I felt like a ditzy girl when I was riding, not so good)..