Hi! So you probably hear this question ALL the time! But do you have any advice for balance and riding a very bouncy horse?
I just started riding a palomino mare in my lessons and she is super bouncy! I don't know much about conformation, but my instructor says it is because she is built so long! She has a very long neck and back, she looks beautiful because of it but i'm pretty sure I don't when i'm riding her and bouncing all over the place!
I think I usually have fairly good balance, but with her it isn't like I am just a bit off balance when I have to sit the trot, even when I am posting I feel thrust up every time she steps! And when we are cantering, every stride my feet come up out of the stirrups a bit then land back in them!! It's crazy!! So if you have any advice on how to keep my weight it my feet and in my stirrups and balance better on her that would be awesome! Thank you so much!
Another general question I just thought of! ;) when you are sitting the trot how much do you have to push down in your heels, or keep your weight in them? I feel like I have improved a lot at being loose in the saddle and absorbing the motion of the horse at the sitting trot (yay!) but now I am so loose that sometimes my ankles and are so supple and flopping all over the place that my feet come out of the stirrups! How do keep you heels down and use you lower leg actively on the horse when you are trying to be so relaxed? I don't understand how you can use some of your muscles (giving aids to the horse or keeping my heels down) when trying to relax everything!