Hi everyone! Im relatively new here, I posted a thread in the "welcome" section a while ago but I guess that's not really a well read section with so many new people :)
Anyways, I rode today- for the first time in a YEAR. I haven't been on a horse in a year. I have been around them pretty much the whole time but not able to ride (torture). So today my friend offered to let me ride her shire x tb x dutch warmblood. Massive horse at around 17.2, but has a heart of gold.
She warmed him up for me so I could see how he went around and to make sure I would be comfortable on him. After about 15 minutes I got on him- We worked on the walk for a little bit and he was very responsive to my leg and he was very easy to work with. We did a bit of trotting and he was great- but I felt like an idiot because I kept collapsing my upper body and my leg was ridiculously ineffective. However, every time she would remind me, I could fix my position and I felt a lot more secure- which was good!
Then we decided to canter and he has a HUGE canter- I lost my stirrups when he kept breaking into a trot. I kept leaning back to get him to stop and he wouldn't! We cantered for a bit without stirrups and when I asked him to whoa- I felt like I couldn't ride anymore because I couldn't stop him! Eventually we did stop and my friend said that when I couldn't stop him- I actually let my reins out. Lol, I guess I have quiet hands- a little too quiet!
Well, I can't wait to start consistent lessons with my favorite trainer and REALLY get back into it!
Anyone else take a while off riding? And can make me feel a little better?