The opposite of 'electric butt'
Whatever it is, I seem to have it - no matter what horse I'm riding, I can't seem to get it to work properly for me! Any ideas anyone can give me would be gratefully received!
Two instructors agree there are no real problems with my position, I have an independent seat and am effective enough with the aids I'm giving, apart from the crop. Most horses start off responsive to my leg, if slow, but as the lesson goes on, tend to switch off until they're ignoring me completely.
The last lesson I had was the worst, because no matter what I did, I couldn't get any more than a slow crawl out of the horse - squeezes, nudges, a tap with the whip, pony club kicks, voice aids, growling, working with a light contact, firm contact, no contact at all, making my calf sore from battering my boot with the crop, and finally as hard a smack on the bottom for the horse as I could manage (which, in all honesty, wasn't very hard at all - I hit myself harder!) The horse totally ignored all this, and even the smack of the bottom didn't get so much as a swish of the tail.
My instructor got on the horse to try and razz it up a little, and it was suddenly as fizzy as a soda bottle on april fools day, but as soon as I got on, it went right back to it's crawl. We gave up on the lesson and had a hack instead.
(I'm in England and ride English, if that affects your response)