I need some advice to build my core strength and balance. I kept thinking my horses weren't picking up their feet, or it was this training issue vs. another but I'm convinced, a major problem is my balance- that's why they trip or stumble.
I ride both english and western, though feel a little safer english- not sure why, but it has something to do with the stirrups. I have ridden bareback a few times, tried my feet out of the stirrups (holy crap, I was scared).
I want to be able to trot the entire length of my pasture, but i'm terrified because my horses stumble and I feel like I'll come off over their heads. This also applies to when my horses pull their heads down and I should bump them forward onto the bit, but I'm scared of: 1) they'll stumble and i'll fall 2) they'll break into a canter (i stick to walk/trot 90% of the time)
To make matters worse, I can only ride once or twice a week due to work and home obligations. As bad as this sounds, I am a full grown adult who has been riding most of my life. I've had some bad experiences as of late and now I am as timid as they come when it comes to riding.
Suggestions? I havea trainer who is great but we are still trying to work out scheduling conflicts.