I'm 16 and i've been riding at my local stable once a week for the past eight years.
I ride all sorts of school ponies big/small , fast/slow , young/old . . . Anything and everything.
I'm not by any means a competitive rider. I've jumped courses of 90cm and occasionally 1metre single fences. I would much prefer treking and maybe bare back riding but unfortunately this is all my stable can offer.
Well that's the breakdown of my experience, I should get down to the dilema :[
Four weeks ago I was having a wonderful time , I felt more confident in my riding skills then I ever had before.My lesson went great and I could'nt wait for the following week to come.
The lesson came as normal , only something was'nt right. I was off on everything I did. But I dissmissed it as an off day. I mean everyone has them,right?
The next week was worse , I just could'nt co-ordinate myself like before. Once again I dismissed it as an off day. That I'd been exhausted after school.
Another week passes and Again , a terrible lesson. I got really upset too. I feel like i'm regressing rather the progressing these past 3 weeks. It's really knocking my confidence.
The past week or two i've found myself putting my stirrups much shorter then normal . So much so that my instructer commented on them and suggested that I try dropping them a few holes as my knee's are too bent.
The problem with this is that they feel way too long and I find it really difficult to keep my heels down and my feet from sliping when i'm jumping.
Could anyone shed some light on my mess ups? I'd be forever greatful for as much as a few tips on what to practise during my hour lesson to straighten myself out , even just alittle.
To anyone who read this entire thing, Thank you sooooo much and i'm sorry for my waffling