Help! I fly off the saddle during a canter
Hi, I have a new problem now..
First, we worked on the basics like not getting a horse to throw me off when I am just trying to make it work. Then we talked about steering.
Now I have a problem with my cantering.
In the past, I could sit quite well and firmly in the saddle during a canter. Even if I tend not to be able to sustain a canter because I would panic whenever the horse picks up speed and I would jerk the reins, causing the horse to slow down to a trot.
However, after taking a break for six months, I am no longer able to stay in my saddle. I would be flying off and bouncing up and down. I am not sure if it's my horse's saddle because I am now riding a pony while I was previously riding horses.
My instructor thinks this pony has a sweet temperament and is right for me as I am trying to build confidence. However, she has a pony saddle on and while I am quite light, I definitely don't have a child's butt. The stirrups are also a little short for me - we are down to the last hole. I am not sure if these affect my ability to sit deep but I think it's also the way I am sitting during a canter now. I am definitely no longer able to put any weight firmly into the saddle when the horse canters.
I am able to do the sitting trot very well. But once she takes off for a canter, I start bouncing off.. so much so that I am afraid I would fly off her, causing me to pull on the reins. Causing her to canter/trot/canter/trot and not sure what I want.
This horse, Pebbles, is a very sweet horse.. And I feel really bad about being such a bad rider.
What can I do to stay glued to my seat? Deepen my seat and straighten my back? I feel that my habit of overarching my lower back is impeding my ability to sit deeper as well.