This is how I finalized my thoughts of trying out English. I have been thinking about it for a long time - but now I am going to try it for real.
A few days ago we had our fair and I went on this trail obstacle course.
Well, everything went nice and well - so I will just skip to the best part of the trail course.
The pool noodles "trees." The closest noodle to the ground was at least two and a half feet - the second one was three feet, and the third one was four feet from the ground. Well, Brisco, my horse, wasn't convinced that six inches was enough space to go through. (the noodles moved and I showed him, but he still wasn't convinced.) Well, he started backing up and he stopped backing when he was about two feet away from the noodles. All his weight I started drifting to his haunches and I told the guide - I am almost positive this guy is going to jump these. Sure enough, he clear two of the three pool noodles from just two feet away at a stand still. If I knew when he was going to jump then I would have not yanked my arm out of my socket, haha!! (kidding!)
Well, at the boarding place they have an arena and a round pen. The step into the round pen is at least a foot high. I always like to go across that at a walk and trot and jump over it into the round pen. I also set up logs she has in there into little mini jumps that have enough room to lope around and over. But they are just like four inches high - but enough for him to be asked to do little mini-jumps over.
I enjoy jumping and Brisco has shown me that he will jump when I ask him to and even when I don't. So far he hasn't slowed before doing our mini jumps but instead likes to speed up.
I know someone who says she has tons of english saddles - so I was thinking about asking her if I could buy or rent one.
I know a little bit about english - enough to get started anyways. I know how to jump and how to do the form, the trickier part is knowing exactly when to get up - but on our foot jump I usually get that good. Sometimes a little too soon or late though, but I do get up a little.
I was just wondering a little more about english riding? Like how a saddle should fit and just any tips. I am a beginner at English. Just anything right now would be great and very helpful. I will ask more questions as I think of some. Thanks!!