So my big problem right now is turning in a trot. I cannot keep my butt in that seat to save my life, unless Im focused on that, then when I try to turn my butt comes off the seat so high, Im scared Im going to bounce off. I almost did once! But the thing is, my trainer rode my mare, and she said she doesnt understand why Im having such a hard time, b/c she is smooth. She's a quarab. I KNOW its me, I knew it was me, the whole time. I try keeping heels down, pressure on thighs, leaning back, sitting on pockets, but I can only keep my butt down for a few seconds, before I start bumping then double bumping, and Im scared Im going to hurt her back. Im scared Im coming off the seat! I don't know if my hips are tight or if my back is too rigid. Do I move with her like in the lope, but I bounce myself a little with her? (sounds stupid, but I havent figured it out in a month of doing what Im told...)
My trainer says that she doesnt think Im bouncing as much as I think I am, but Im bouncing and almost loosing grip in my stirrups before I have to grab the horn. Im really worried Im going to ruin my horse. We r both green. She just got started this summer, and I had only ridden a handful of times in the past. She is ready to move into a lope and run, but I am not! Im worried so much about staying in the seat that my hands jump to the horn to replace my butt, then Im not steering her anymore! I think she knows that too, b/c then she head for a treeline!
I don't think I realized how hard you have to pull on a green horse to turn, Im so scared Im going to hurt her mouth! And she is a super headstrong horse too. But I might be leaving things out here, but.... Im super scared nervous for a show coming up this weekend. I just wanna bring my horse back home, skip the show, and practice my seat at home in our huge fields...I've worked my nerves you so bad that my anxiety disorder has re-emerged!
I hope the video comes out, but please don't snip at things, Im very new to riding. I know I have alot to work on, but I need to feel comfortable in a trot before I can progress or continue learning...