Help with Aids and Control
Alrighty, I have ridden so far in three lessons for my first experiences in English riding. First ride went great, I rode an older gelding and he responded beautifully to my aids. I have noticed that unlike the western horses I have casually ridden before, the horses I have ridden at school are not very responsive to the rein and take most of their cues from the leg. BUT the last two horses I have been on have really given me a hard time. I was really frustrated by the end of the class to say the least. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong, or if it was even me.
The first problem horse was really slow and lazy. He walked slower than I do on the ground. I was constantly having to urge him on. He did not respond very well at all to my leg cues, and even worse for aids with the rein. If I wanted to half circle and reverse, he would ignore my leg cues and when I resorted to the rein, he would just turn his head but keep moving forward! Agh!!! I was pretty mad, and I felt like I was just the worse rider ever, especially when other students said they had a good experience on the horse. Makes me feel like a crappy rider, which I probably am, which is why I am here :) to get better.
The second horse was pretty fast. TOO fast, during the trot he would run right up into the previous horses' butt instead of going around. He would ignore my cues asking him to go around and ignored my tug on the rein.
I have come to the conclusion that I need work on my cues. These horses are not understanding what I want. Please help! :/
1) How do I apply the pressure and where?
2) How do I cue during the trot? ( I am still working on getting my posting down pat.)
3) What is the proper posture for English riding? Is there a diagram somewhere showing me where my hands/ legs/ feet/ shoulders/ seat/ need to be?
These are things I feel might be causing me some trouble. I am paying for lessons, but I feel I am not getting the constructive criticism I need right now. :/
Any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated!