So good to hear that I don't have to worry about perfection and there can be flexibility. I was very worried that if I couldn't ride perect, that I couldn't ride my horses at all. I'm an older rider, who didn't ride when I was younger and overweight too. I also have green/becoming less green horses who have never had anyone else ride them. My body may never line up perfectly no matter what I do. However, I am more confident by having some of those points pointed out to me because I have learned how to feel my horse better and really understand the whole mechanics stuff. It's still a little wierd because I think I'm sitting perfectly straight upright....but I am still riding with my legs in a slight chair position. However, I am ok with it because I am balanced and deep in my seat and my horse is moving nicely.
We, (my wife and I) ride most weekends simply for the joy it brings.
What's important to us is the joy of the ride and being on the trail together. So, we know we're doing it wrong, but we don't care. Ignorance is bliss. We do it for the simplicity of it and could care less about a flying lead change.
We got horse snobbed a few weeks ago on the trail. My wife asked this lady and her husband to ride with us.....I already knew they really didn't want to ride with us, and told my wife that. The other lady that we ride with every weekend said "oh no...I don't know which horse to bring" she has four from a peanut roller to a quick racking horse. She and I both knew what was going to happen...and it did....
They told us to meet them at a certain location and then they showed up about 45 minutes late.....with a certain local horse trainer.....rode with us for less than half a mile...told us our horses were riding us.....offered to give us lessons.....
The funny thing is, they can't ride with anyone anymore because who ever they're riding with has a horse that makes there's act up.
My reply was something to the effect of "we rode 20 weekends last year and almost 500 miles, how many did you ride?
We won't ask them to ride with us again....We enjoy our horses, to bad they can't enjoy theirs. I don't intend to take my trail riding and turn it into something that's going to take the fun out of it.
It's not rocket surgery.