Oh, trust me - it gets easier! Learning to ride is like… learning to drive a manual car (sorry for the shoddy metaphor, but it’s the first thing that came to mind!). At first you’re uncoordinated and sloppy. You stall, your gear changes are jerky and sometimes you drop into the wrong gear and totally confuse the car. But after a while you begin to hear and feel the small changes occurring within the car. You can feel that subtle bite that indicates you can release the clutch. You power through the gears with swift precision. It becomes second nature. It’s the same with horses except in a way horses are more complicated (there’s something to look forward to!). Only when a horse and rider develop a mutual line of communication and understanding can they work together as one.
When you first begin riding it isn’t very graceful. When I started I was bouncing around in the saddle like a sack of potatoes with arms flailing wildly and legs sticking so far out that could knock out any innocent bystander should they come too close. My first few lessons were a disaster. I’m surprised they haven’t ended up on Funniest Home Videos yet! The first time I mounted a horse I went straight over its back and ended up sprawled out on the ground on the other side with a face full of sand. Another time we had just come back from a trail ride and we were still on our horses and my horse saw its food in its stable and walked right in with me on its back. I even hit my head on the roof on the way in. Doh! But since then I have achieved so much and met so many wonderful new friends of both the human and equine variety.
So, I admire you for having the courage to pursue the equestrian sport. Although you have many faceplants and sore bums on the horizon, it is a truly satisfying sport and one that will guarantee you free access to your own personal furry, four-legged psychiatrist