I started taking lessons in april and have been taking them every other week since to improve my equitation and so I can learn more about technical stuff my horses aren't trained to do.
Anyways, I am really frustrated with one problem I am only having during lessons. What is happening is when I am posting the trot and the horse suddenly slows down I fall forward. I also have a hard time keeping my posting steady and my seat correct. I don't have these problems at home 99% of the time.
So my theories are that I ride in a CC saddle for these lessons but I ride in a dressage saddle at home. The two saddles are pretty different for me, could this be causing it? Also the lesson saddle is WAY too small for me. I feel like I am sitting on the pommel (or like right up against it). My guess is it is a 16" saddle. My saddle is an 18" and its about the right size, maybe slightly too small. Could this be the problem? Or maybe its just that its a different horse with very different gaits?
I'm just really frustrated because I was taking weekly lessons on my horse for atleast 2 years from a girl who wasn't a professional trainer but knew what she was doing. I know I am not AS horrible as I come across in lessons. Part of it is I have adapted to working with my horses that are definently not calm really well trained horses. Another part of it is that since april 2009 I have had about 6 months where I couldn't ride (including 2 1/2 months where I couldn't walk), so I have lost a signicant amount of muscle and gained a fair amount of weight.