I've always been one of the better small riders, and there were plently of larger riders, so I've ALWAYS ridden the ponies, and sometimes horses like 15'2 and under, but they rode like a pony. Now, my trainer is making me buy a horse at least 16 hh and I'm nervous. I know that's small, but it's big to me! The few times I have ridden larger horses (including some HIGH quality ones) I hate how they move! Is this something I will get used to? Especially the canter is just awful
I'm 5'4" with the legs of a 5'10"+ person, but I only weigh 87lbs. Yesterday I went with my trainer to try a horse, and he did an unexpected bouncy flying lead change and I was catapulted onto his neck Again, do I just have to get used to it, or should I put rocks in my pockets to hold me down? (kidding )
One last thing, any tips for getting the strides right for jumping a horse? I was jumping like 18" cross poles, but I kept counting out pony strides, which obviously didn't work well Should I just wait and see how it works as my trainer makes me ride bigger horses?
Thanks for any help you can give, I'm nervous about having to own a "big" horse