restarting lessons after a loong gap
Hey, all, brand new to the forum, but I had a couple questions that I wondered if y'all might have some opinion on. Here goes:
1. I took huntseat lessons in middle school for about two years, walk/trot/canter, did a bit with no stirrups and some barebacked stuff that included cantering, which was always fun. Jumped to about 18 inches, no idea if I was any good at it or what.
2. Since then, trail ridden only, a couple times in college with a friend, a couple with my now mother-in-law (who has horses) and a couple commercial afternoon rides, all western except for one ride with M-I-L.
Now, I'm in grad school but I can still take the riding class through the university, and I have signed up for western. (since I don't really intend to ever show horses that I can forsee, and riding with family will just about always be western), but on my riding that I've done western, I kind of have a hard time keeping my feet in the stirrups, even though I was wearing proper boots. Now I don't know anything about what kind of saddle or stirrups they are, but I have pretty small feet, so they felt kinda wide. Or, maybe my 'instinctive' position on a horse harkens back to the shorter stirrups of when I took hunt and I pull my knees up?
So any thoughts on that would be great.
Also, I'm pretty short, 5'2, and petite at ~112 pounts. And I very much prefer smaller horses. Mother in law's favorite horse is 14 hands and some change (I think), short enough that I can hop on her bareback without a mounting block if I jump pretty hard. (and sweet enough that she allows me to attempt it!) Now, I haven't met my instructor yet, but can/should I mention this to her? Or should I assume that she will see that I'm short and put me on an appropriately short horse? (/pony?) Or should I get over it?