Hi, I've been lurking around for a little while and feel like finally saying hello! I'm riding again for the first time in 18 years! I ride English hunter jumpers.
I rode with a little girl today (7?). I noticed she had the same problem I did at her age. Her little pony trotted faster and faster and she had a hard time when she was trying to pick up the canter. It seemed like she thought she might lose control if she let the pony lift as well as go forward. I think the horse has to lift to get momentum. I felt as she did--but now, I'm expecting the horse to lift, and feel I have more control letting her do so.
My problem is this. I'm having problems with downwards transitions. My trainer will ask me to go from a canter to a sitting trot. During that transition, I'm bouncing all over the place. I feel like I lose my legs. I don't know if its because I'm just getting used to riding again, or if there is something I could be doing/thinking about differently. I squeeze my reins to slow her down, press my legs to keep her forward, but lose my balance/weight in the stirrups and contact with my seat. I feel like if I lean back, I'll lose contact with my legs. Leaning forward definitely doesnt work. I feel like I'm going about it the hard way, and there has to be an easier way to do this. Any thoughts would be great.
I'm looking forward to jumping again, but need more strength and balance. I was sore after riding today, and so hot! I feel so out of shape.