Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
He's 5.5 months off the track, and I've had him 4.5 months...riding him about 2 months (off/on). I've not ridden him for the past month due to oppressive heat/humidity, torrential rain, and shoe issues...but we're back to riding again. I rode an appy today and posted her trot fine, and found it quite comfy...so I was reassured that it isn't just me. My friend who rode him had the same problem, but being less experienced she kept gripping with her knees, loosing her center of ballance, legs sliding back, and having to pull him up. (she loved it, though, b/c he's gentle but showed her her "flaws" so to speak). I'm just getting back into shape after a 10 year hiatus from riding to enlist, get married, and have children...so I know part of it is me. Thankfully I have an excellent foundation and thank my trainer silently every time I ride (she was a stickler for correct position) but it's still super hard and was wonedering if a) I'm alone b) any tips for help him and helping me. Any tips for helping him to collect? I just need to learn to stay on securely before thinking of that. At a walk I've been working on that, but he's so stinking bored w/ a walk that I can't get him to stay focused enough to walk a straight line. A trot, he loves it. He doesn't rush, stays calm...but is alert, attentive and could trot all day long.