12-07-2011, 02:49 PM
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I did the big kid thing and went for a ride this morning at 7am so she got the kinks worked out. :)
It was hilarious, there were people in the woods cutting down trees with chainsaws and she was just just like "Oh, hi guys!" and didn't get at all scared even though it was crazy loud and trees were falling. Such a funny horse.
I didn't really get to work on trotting downhill since that trail was blocked off by chainsaw guys but I did work on my posting. It went really well. I really found myself letting her movement shove me out of the saddle instead of shoving myself out of the saddle.
I did realize though that I'm still definitely gripping with my knees. :( I tried consciously loosing up with my knees but I found that it was very difficult... I ended up being forced into this weird sort of bowlegged stance that I'm sure can't be right...
I'm wondering if maybe my legs are just too long, compared to her barrel, to effectively grip with my calves instead of my knees?
I don't know, that's the one thing I could think of because I do ride much differently on bigger horses that take up my leg better... She's very round and wide barreled but my legs are longer (5"8' person on a 14.1h horse, you get the picture)...