Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
Is your horse well balanced in the corners? Or does he rush the corner and drop his shoulder? If he does, does he do it bareback, too? If not, does your saddle fit? If your saddle fits, but he is unbalanced in the corners under saddle, but not bareback, then you may be relying too heavily on your stirrups when you ride in the saddle, and not supporting him in the same way you do when you ride bareback. Its definitely scary to ride a horse that feels unbalanced in a turn, the fear of falling off, or worse, having the horse fall ON you is pretty disconcerting. Try to remember to keep your horse balanced and collected going into the turn, keeping your legs underneath of you, inside leg lifting his ribcage, outside leg encouraging his hips to move in, and inside rein encouraging his nose to tip in, to keep him bending into the turn, so his body follows the line he is traveling, instead of just his shoulder following the line.