So, the background story. I've started riding 2 years ago, but I rode rarely, like 1-2 times a month in the summer. I've started more seriously this summer. Now I ride more often but I don't have a fixed schedule. I ride when I have the occasion. Working at a horse shelter gives you the opportunity to ride a lot of horses. But the bad part it's that they are not really broke. All the horses that I've ridden were green broke. They are very tolerant so they put up with my awful riding all the time. They didn't throw me off deliberately yet. But they tend to be stubborn, they often try to do what they want because they can. I can't fight with them all the time because I don't have a solid sit yet and I don't really know how to make them do what I want.
This is a photo from this summer. You can see how incorrect was my posture in the saddle at a trot.
Those are 1-2 months old
Those are recent, one week ago. I've started to take lessons at a riding centre. The mare that I ride it's very well schooled, she knows her business and she's very calm. She's a lipizzaner. Holly (her name) is the first broke horse that I've ridden so it's a big difference for me. Everything seems to be very easy.
I don't really understand why I can't post the trot without rising so much from the saddle. When I'm in the saddle I have the impression that I don't rise from the saddle so much, but in the photos my moves seems to be exaggerated.
Galloping - I have yet a lot to work at it. I can't find out how to keep my legs in a correct position. I tend to grab the horse with the legs. And I loose the stirrups all the time. I can't understand how should I keep the stirrups. If I try to do it I put pressure in the stirrup and I tend to bounce on the saddle a lot. If I don't keep the stirrups it's more easy for me to maintain contact with the saddle.
Thanks a lot.