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post #1 of 4 Old 08-28-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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unbalanced on narrow horse?

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 gonna 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.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-28-2011, 06:26 PM
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Yes, I find that it's hard to ride a narrow horse bareback. I'm 5'10" and 140lbs. But I've also found that my balance has improved greatly due to the riding of said narrow horsess bareback. So keep at it. You'll soon learn to balance well on them.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-28-2011, 06:54 PM
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I don't really mind the difference however I do prefer the thicker horses regardless haha the most narrow horse I've recently ridden was riverband (15ish hh arab mare and trigger 16ish hh arabian gelding) everyone else is fairly wide hahah

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-28-2011, 08:30 PM
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I'm not as comfortable on a narrow horse as I am on a wide one. I also find the wide horses carry my weight better even if they are short than narrow ones do. But the wide ones are like big comfy couches!

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