So I used to ride Western... I still do, I guess, but I want to learn English, you know, just to learn new things, plus it's a challenge. Anyway, I've grown up riding Western so when I went to show western, it was so ridiculously easy. Lol, I had the posture down, my horse knew the form, it was awesome. Haha. But I've never done any type of English and no one in my family or even anyone around knows English... So I'm basically training myself with what I can take away from what others post on this forum, books, magazines, youtube... Youtube is awesome. Ha. But anyway, here's some problems that I've discovered. Some of them have already been discussed, such as getting her nose in, especially when my mare is used to Western, a loose rein... But here's a few that I don't quite understand. Any replies or help at all is welcome! I'm going to post pictures probably on Wednesday. So here's the first one.
I can't keep my legs back. They keep coming forward and it feels like I'm unbalanced with them back, but at the same time I know it's horrible that they're that far forward. I really struggle with it. If I constantly think about keeping them back... lol, just chant LEGS BACK, LEGS BACK, LEGS BACK!!! To myself, it doesn't get so bad, but then I can't focus on anything else.
Plus, my horse isn't very forgiving about me being off in my own world, as she percieves it. She figures if you can't keep up you should get off. LOL.
Second issue: My hands. How close should they bee to the horse? How far in front of the saddle? How in the heck do you keep the still? My hands move so much... I think. I don't know, I just have a hard time remembering to keep contact with her mouth, too. The western rider in me, I suppose...
Third Issue: Toes in, right? And are your heels even or down?
Fourth Issue: I can't seem to keep my stirrups at the canter.... The trot is fine, the sitting trot is really good considering she has a very springy gait and I have awful balance, but at least I can keep my stirrups in that gait... >.> I just seem to lose them? Mostly it seems to be the one on the rail. After I lose it I can't seem to find it again unless I break down to the walk and then I can put my foot back in.
Fifth issue: My mare won't cantereasily... And she picks it up really well bareback or western, but I can't make her go without looking very awkward and kicking her hard in English. I don't even know what else to say here. Ha.
Sixth Issue: This might sound really stupid...
But what is a half halt? I've read about it but I still don't understand... Is it like stopping but still being in the riding ummm form?
Ha, what can I say. I DO have lots of issues. Teehee. Thanks SO much!