Ever since my fall off Bella I've been scared to canter so last week I decided to take an official lesson again, I don't think I've had an official lesson since I moved my horse up there. Bella's ulcers flared up and she was being a witch to ride(and I'm not ready to canter her again) and the other lesson horse was being leased so she had me use a sweet little mare named Shyla. She is only about 14-14.2 or so which I thought would make me feel more comfortable, I learned on a 13.3 mare and a 14.2 gelding and until I got Bella(who is 16hh) last year I only rode them(well the mare had to be put down a few years ago but I still have Blue, the gelding). Both of my small horses were arab/quarters so while they were small they were pretty wide, Shyla there is practically noting to.I look down and her shoulders are literally like a foot wide lol. Once we started trotting I felt very very unbalanced, almost like she(or I) would topple over if I leaned slightly lol. The matter how hard I tired I just felt awkward on her. Val(instructor) finally got me to canter on her but I felt like a was going to fly right off of her. Now since I started riding again(I stopped in late 06 when I got pregnant and just started again a little before I got Bella) I haven't been real confident at the canter as it is, but when I canter on the one lesson horse, Molly, who's canter is apparently really heavy on the fore I feel very comfortable, Bella's canter is also very comfortable, even tho it's scary fast
So does anyone else feel awkward on narrow horses? Bella is a TB so she is a bit narrow but no where near this mare. I'm not a very big rider either so it's not even like I was too big for her, I'm about 5'5 and 135lbs.