But basically I've been riding for about 6/7 years now, and about a year ago I quit riding lessons to help out with someone who has two horses, Lottie and Tazz, but he's like 60 and doesn't have the time to work them.
Lottie is a Dutch Warmblood, pretty highly strung and with a trot like a hackney. I normally ride her since she's been broken in and the sanesst of the two horses.
So basically today I was allowed to ride her in the field opposite ours, which is about 20 acres apparently. It was so good. There was a beautiful long flat stretch that I'd already walked across and decided it was safe so I went for it. Stood up in my stirrups just because it felt right, and it was only when we were coming to the end of the stretch and I was starting to slow down when she settled back into the canter, and I realised that what we were doing before was not a canter!
But yeah. It seems such a shame to be honest. She loved it out there, she should be doing endurance or cross country, not pottering round a little field with a novice like me on her back. If she was mine I'd be taking her to shows every weekend really working her, she deserves better than this really.
Anyone had similar experiences or any advice as to how to keep her collected in a titchy field? Cos riding out there made me realise how beautiful her paces really are when she has the space to extend them naturally.