So... This I've been taking lessons for about 6 months maybe? I recently found a horse I love love love! He's a rescue horse and I'm not sure what kind he is, all I know is he's gaited and pretty tall. I've been riding him for about 2 months maybe? His name is Payson and he is very spirited! However, my instructor felt it was best for me to try another horse (which I completely agreed with). The next week she assigned me to a pony (Cookie). I was pretty excited just to ride a pony since its so much smaller, and I like "mini" things! :) This quickly changed however when I started trotting him and I could not sit my trot for the life of me!!!
I slipped off several times (doing the splits up against him) because the saddle kept sliding around. I tightened my girth and my instructor came over to double check it, and she said he doesn't have a high wither to help keep the saddle in place. I kept going, but I posted instead (as much as it aggravated me to do so). A few minutes later she asked me to lope, and it was a battle to get him to, but I got him there! I went around a few times and all of a sudden the horses in front of me all stopped, and to avoid a crash I slowed him down and turned. I believe it was during the transition from loping to a very fast bouncy trot, plus the turn, and my lack of a good center of balance that caused me to fall off. I fell on my back, hit my head on the ground, and I was thoroughly embarrassed. I am somewhat a perfectionist and I was very disappointed in myself to the point of tears. My instructor came over and was very reassuring. I took a minute, then continued on with my lesson.
I guess the purpose of me writing this is just to ramble. This was my first ever fall off a horse, and I'm glad it was just off a pony! :P It has, however, made me question my level of ability. What do you think I need to work on given this story, and what are some exercises to help me get better? Btw, I plan on going to lessons twice this week to make up for last weeks crappy one. I need a confidence booster. :)