Like many lessons, sometimes I take a step forward and sometimes a step or two back. On occasion I will trot without stirrups and it is usually a good exercise for me as it naturally lengthens my legs and improves my seat. This past week she went slightly past a trot into a slow canter and I totally lost control of the situation. I was trying to keep my heels down and back while sitting upright. I was simply floundering. I initially forgot how to slow her down until I realized to take the same steps as if I were still in stirrups.
It really shook my confidence as it is one of the very few times that my brain has just shut down and I was just waiting to meet the ground. I didn't fall, but probably should have.
Any sage advice for remaining in control while stirrup less and in a strong trot ?
Order of importance ? (I'm currently working ground poles and getting back to cross/pole jumps). Hoping for a good week.
Big thanks !