Have you ever had one of those days where you feel completely in tune with your horse, have an excellent ride and feel like you've made progress?
And then the next day, suddenly you feel like you're a sack of potatoes-worth of a rider bouncing around on a quality horse that could do so darn well if you could keep yourself more balanced and speak more from your seat?
Yup. One of those days.
I have started introducing regular stirrupless riding (and as of today some bareback trotting-- not the comfy WP kind, unfortunately which is the only one I can seem to sit bareback!) to improve my balance and seat at the trot. FYI, I am currently riding Western and have an English saddle arriving from eBay on Monday for some cross-training. I ordered the book "101 Dressage Exercises" to give myself something to work with, and will probably start lessons again once my budget recovers from the new English saddle.
I guess my question is-- has anyone found a little cross-training (for me: from Western to English) useful for improving your balance and seat? Do you have any advice? Am I the only one who has these horrible, guilty days on my angel of a horse? It's so much easier when he's the one with problems that I'm correcting... haha!