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 gonna 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 dont 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 dont 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 u so bad that my anxiety disorder has re-emerged!
I hope the video comes out, but please dont 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...