Anywho, due to a bunch of extremely unlucky events in one day (too long to explain, but it was just bad luck) I ended up not being able to ride in my regular weekly lesson time. However I was able to stay and be in the next lesson, which was quite a bit less advanced. I would say I'm a fairly decent rider... far from perfect, of course, but much more experienced than the kids in this lesson. One of the exercises my instructor had us do for that lesson was hold a cup of water while trotting and cantering.
I was able to hold it without spilling through the trot. Then we cantered... and this is the embarrassing part. To give myself some saving grace, some of the kids weren't even able to get their ponies cantering for more than three seconds, but on my part it was still bad. I was on a fairly lazy pony and I had to drop my crop since I was only riding with one hand, so I had to trot an entire length of the short side of the arena before I could get my canter going (I know, it was bad). During these strides of trot I lost pretty much all the water in my cup.
See, I'm not quite sure if it was me or the motion of the horse. He's a little rocky but I thought my hands were pretty still... I don't know what happened because during the transition the water was swirling like a mini whirlpool no matter how still I was trying to keep my hand. Once I started cantering I was fine again (although there was next to no water left, haha). Most of the other kids were able to keep their cup almost perfectly full...
Now what I'm not sure of was... do you think it had to do with me having unsteady hands or just overly rocky motion? Or both? Or something else? I don't even know, because when I looked down at my hand it looked pretty level and still; it was just the water that was sloshing around. If it was truly all my fault, how could I learn to keep my hands more still? Oh, and just so no one asks this, I was not kicking. Nor do I normally depend on the reins for balance (thanks to a series of no hands exercises my trainer put me through ). Anyways, I'm just kind of confused... and embarrassed.. so any help would be great