How do I ride in a saddle without being ejected from it? My cousin gave me a horse that has a real fast walk. So while we're going along at the fast walk I'll do the up down with my body to be in rythm with the horse. But when the horse accelerates beyond that I'm lost. I don't know what to do. I tried changing the stirrup length and different stances. I tried to hang onto the saddle horn so I'm not jostled around so much. But I just think I don't know how to properly ride. When he gets going beyond that fast walk I'm thrown all over the place and it feels like I'm going to fall off the saddle.
Can you all offer me advice on how to ride and videos on how to ride. I watch the videos in here but unless someone is talking and says what they are doing correctly or wrongly I don't really learn from it. The difference is subtle in watching those videos and I typically can't see it unless someone points it out. I've read and also heard on a video or two to keep my heels down, and also to keep a rythm with the horse. But once I reach that speed it all goes out the window and I don't feel that what I'm doing is correct.
Also I don't know for sure how long to adjust my stirrups? Should I have a bend in my knees, should my legs be almost straight, when I stand in the saddle how high should I be able to bring my but off it? You know all those good things. Gimme some tips and advice, I know that I could figure it out with enough movement, but if I know what to do from the get go I'll learn how to do it properly without having to unlearn bad habits.
I remember when I rode as a child of like 7 yrs old or so I never thought of how to ride a horse. I just did it. Also when I got older I remember riding horses on a friends horse ranch and I could run on those horses without any thinking on how to do it. It just felt natural. But with this horse I seem to have lost that natural riding feel. Could it just be the gait of the horse too? I've read of people saying that their horse is just so rough at certain speeds.