Due to the holidays I didn't have a lesson for 4 weeks, and I went back yesterday. Now I rode a horse I hadn't ridden in a while, and being cold out he was more fresh than usual. Had to constantly half halt him at the trot because he was so eager to go forward forward forward...
At the canter it felt like he was very fast, "springy" and his strides powerful, and so I had some trouble (and was slightly scared because my balance wasn't as great as usual). I have always had a problem with canters like this. Horses who are really smooth, I don't have a problem. But those powerful and quick canters... I am left feeling not so stable and secure.
During my lesson I would try to keep my feet correctly in the stirrups, making sure I put lots of weight in them. Now I tried to put my heels down and not so much "lean" on them, because I know that would result in me rising out of the saddle, but no matter what I did I felt the canter was so "bouncy". I felt like I had a hard time sitting with my behind glued, while also keeping my heels really down. Felt like I had to choose between really sitting without caring for my heels, or care about my heels being down, resulting in feeling more out of place in my seat.
If anyone could clear this for me by describing what one is suppose to feel or do to keep those heels down while siting the canter, all while feeling like the horse is not springing us back constantly, I would really appreciate it. Also when doing a half seat I felt unstable...maybe my knees we're not springy enough to absorb all the momentum?
I don't know I see videos of cross country riders and they look so still, so secure, and I feel far from it. Now I know this is mostly due to lacking muscle strength, but is it perhaps also my technique?
I'm sorry I don't have a video, my dad was out shopping for groceries during my ride, but thank you if you are able to make sense of my descriptions.