Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Some coaches are firm believers in making sure that every new student they have has the basics down pat before moving up. It is actually nice to hear that you werent jumping within the first two months of riding. Can you sit to a trot? Can you post on the correct diagonal every time without looking? Ask your coaches why they think you are not ready. If they go by the criteria that you must be able to do no stirrup work, then start increasing the amount of time that you ride without stirrups in your lessons. Start with once around the arena posting trot-no stirrups....then continue adding laps. It isnt easy when you ride once a week...trust me! lol. When you are comfortable with several laps of posting, then try staying in your two point-no stirrups for a lap. Change it up. One of my coaches has us do the following with no stirrups in the warmup....2 laps each of posting, sitting and two-point. Part of it might be you having to prove to them that you are ready.
Having a properly fitted saddle to the horse and then to you might actually help improve your position. It is more important that the saddle fit the horse, but it does help to have one that fits you both.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus