Today I finally let my son and his girlfriend (she rides also - and much better than I do haha) come and watch me so as well as my instructor, I had an audience - albeit an audience of 2
We had a trot, then concentrated on the sitting trot so I could feel when I had her moving, instead of me doing all the work.
That came more easily and thankfully she did the work more frequently this week, then I rode without stirrups! Riding English meant I don't have the knobbly bit to hold on to on the saddle and boy could I have done with it. I managed (just about) to trot without stirrups
but found myself bringing my legs up and wrapping them round as though I was kneeling - but did find it helpful when I was corrected and told to straighten my legs and wrap them under April. And she responded and whoosh - we were off again! So I knew my "lazy" lesson horse responds as she should do - if I give her the right signals! When I found the rhythm, I imagined I looked almost graceful - my graceful however, is being hot, sweaty, and with the biggest smile on my face all lesson...........
I did find it made me have a better position when I trotted again with stirrups and am finding it much easier to trot around barrels/obstacles now too!
At the end of the lesson, my instructor asked if I wanted a little canter and I jumped at the chance. She explained what to do (the paddock we use has letters at different points around the outside on the fence - a, b, c, d etc so I was told to walk to a, go into a rising trot at b, into a sitting trot at c, then give her a squeeze and she'd know what to do and she did.
I don't remember it being that bouncy (or me being that bouncy haha) when cantering and used to go for day trail rides cantering most of the day when I was younger but I can't wait until next week when it's more of the same and another lesson in cantering.
Seriously, I'm enjoying myself so much, I love it!