I feel stupid for asking this but here we go.
I am riding my sister's new horse to make sure he's calm enough for her (she's a total beginner) and so far he's been perfect.
I do have one small issue though. It's not really a problem, and I know it's totally and completely on my end but I can't seem to sit his gallop.
He's a ten year old, 16 hh quarter horse disciplined in western pleasure. I have never ridden western pleasure horses. I'm having some difficulty sitting his gallop.
I know that sounds silly, so I'll try to explain it.
I have had a speed horse of one kind or another for basically my entire life. And every horse I've ridden, their gallop always was very smooth. It's hard to explain. On them it's almost like I'm just gliding, I don't really feel their movement through the saddle.
With this guy it feels like I'm riding a giant rabbit. It's like now we're forward and now we're back and now we're forward and back again. It's like he's just bounding along. I find it very odd to sit after coming off horses that are so smooth.
I would have thought it would be the opposite. Where western pleasure would be smooth and speed horses would have more movement.
This new guy keeps his head down when he gallops so I don't know what exactly is happening. I don't know if it's how I'm cuing him or if I'm just sitting wrong or if it's just the fact that his legs are longer than I'm used to or his back is longer than my barrel horse...or maybe western pleasure horses aren't supposed to be able to gallop?
I'm in a western saddle when I run him.
Anyone know what I'm experiencing or can tell me how to sit his gallop?