Ok, this might be shorter than intended.. I wrote a really long post before but the site messed up.. :3
Ok, first.. the saddle is a spanish schoolsaddle, not an english or western one. Maybe that's decieving your eyes or something, because it fits the horse perfetly ad is the most comfortable and close contact saddle I've ever ridden, I absolutely love it! It's aso the first saddle I've tried that doesn't put my legs forward a whole lot, something I've struggled with my entire ridinglife. :3 The only thing wrong with it is that it could be a little higher at the back of the seat. I will, in a few months hopefully, get a saddle like this one, but that is higher in the back.
Oh, and the sadde is my own, but it's the same saddle the horse has been schooled in so se's used to the straps (it's the stirrup leathers). I've concidered just cutting them off, but they came to good use when training my own horse, Crow, to wear a saddle and allow that things touched him. He got very distracted and annoyed at them at first, but they don't hurt when they touch the sides; if they did he would have panicked since he is very sensetive. Kirran wouldn't panick, but she'd get very pissed and throw the rider into a tree or something if they hurt her. ;)
I'm not sure what you mean with basic? If you mean they're too advanced forher I must correct you; she's way more advanced than I am :P But if you mean that they're all fuzzy and not clear enough, you're right. I'm a really bad rider and I can't controle my body properly yet :P I am trying to keep it very basic.. I just want her to collect in her tree gaits (which I know she can do in a heartbeat if I give the right signals an doesn't disturb her), to flex her sides and walk/trot in a round circle. The leg yielding thing was just because she's soooo easy to move sideways, I couldn't help myself. X)
Today I just worked with transitions and to keep a large, round circle.. at least I see it as basic. :3
I'm way too unbalanced and I try to sit without disturbing her.. which I can't yet.. xD
Most of my problems is that the different instructors I've had the past 12 years havn't been very good for me. The only thing I learnt was to stay on a horse and to tense most of my body.. When I asked them what I should do, or why, they didn't come with any good answers.. I mostly heard ''shorten the reins!" or ''kick harder''. My last instructor told me straight out that I'm a ''hopeless case''... so I stopped to even want to learn. Then I met Renee, who's helping me now. And finally I see the joy in riding again.
I've started over from scratch. First I could move my leg when she told me to, but as she reminded me to not yield in the side (for example) I instantly forgot the leg.. now I can at least remember the different parts of my body and check it; feet, knees, hips, seatbones, waist, shoulders, arms, hands.. but I'm not confident in when everything is good yet. Like, when Kirran movs to the left, I rember to check if I've bent over to the side again, and straighten up, but if that's not the problem, I can't figure out what part of me that's wrong..this is so confusing..do I make any sense at all? XD
Wow.. this got really long afterall.. x)
And of course I had to edit the video, the other 20 minutes she just walked with her nose in the air and her hindquarters omewhere far behind her.. x)
Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle
I was really distracted by the straps hanging down from the saddle and cringed at the thought of how that must feel against her belly when she trots/canters... your aids aren't basic enough for her to understand and they must not be very clear with them straps banging into her... I don't know if that's something she's used to, but if I'm trying to ride a horse with flatwork/dressage, I sure wouldn't want anything interfering with my aids.
I also thought the saddle looked too far forward for you and her to be comfortable enough. Does it fit you? I know that you're only borrowing her atm, but if the saddle doesnt fit you, it's going to inhibit you doing any real 'dressage' with her.
Try to be consistent with what you're doing... of course cos the video is edited, that's not something I can tell... but make sure you keep it clear, consistent and basic until you've both gotten to common ground with one another, and then move on with what you're training in.
I do wish you both the best :)