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    01-20-2013, 08:25 PM
Felt like I had a bad ride today?

I went for my lesson today, and I was using my English saddle that I got for Christmas. I haven't ridden in an English saddle since about 4 years ago when I did English; I do Western now. Not only have I not cantered in an English saddle in a LONG time, I haven't cantered period in a while.

When my instructor told me to canter, I got kind of nervous because I wasn't really confident about cantering in my new saddle. I didn't want to refuse or back off or seem unconfident. When I was cantering, I was bouncing around a little and kept loosing my stirrups and didn't feel as if I had a secure seat.

After doing some cantering, he told me to start doing some winding down circles to move the front end over. I was having a lot of trouble using my position A and getting the horse to move her front end over. I think I was pressing right on the girth and I felt like I was pressing uselessly against a wall or something. The girth I was using was one of those neoprene-backed girths. It took me forever just to get one step over with the front end.

I feel bad about this lesson. It made me feel as if I failed my instructor and it just kinda wrecked my confidence a little. Honestly, I didn't feel ready to canter in my new saddle, but I didn't say anything. When we started doing the moving the front end over, I felt like I was pressing just against the girth, which I'm sure I was. In my saddle, when I use my leg for cues, my previous instructor pointed out that my heel doesn't come in contact with the horse's side. I have some spurs just basic Western rowel, gentle spurs that I use for leg cues. I was thinking of using them next time so I can use my heel. The reason I haven't been using them is because that was my second ride in my new saddle and I wanted to get used to the feel of my leg in that saddle.

Sorry about the long rant, I just feel like I had a bad ride and it kinda made me feel as if I failed my instructor.

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    01-20-2013, 08:31 PM
Well I don't think it sounds like you did too bad considering you haven't ridden English for 4 years. Sounds like you are being too hard on yourself. Give it some time. You stayed on right? That is pretty good cause an English saddle is a lot harder to ride the canter. Keep trying and don't give up!
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    01-20-2013, 08:38 PM
Don't give up! I second what hberrie said. Sound's like you did alright for not having ridden english for 4 years. I haven't ridden english yet, but if I trade back and forth from western to aussie, I take a couple of rides to get comfortable and balanced again.
    01-20-2013, 09:56 PM
If you cantered in an English saddle for the first time in 4 years, and you didn't fall off, you did great!! You'll get better.
    01-20-2013, 10:06 PM
Well it's better to do something than nothing. I actually troted my horse witch I haven't Troted or ran since 4 years ago cause I got bucked off and almost died. Had 2 sugarys on my stomach and couldn't ride for 3 months which killed me now my horses are fat. So when I troted I was scared to death.
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    01-20-2013, 11:39 PM
LikeaTB - Everyone has bad lessons and bad rides. But the student doesn't ever 'let the instructor down'. The instructor's job is to support, educate and help you learn. Your job is to try your best. (I'm a riding coach so I'm speaking from the coach's perspective.) It sounds to me like you tried your best in this lesson. It also sounds like you need to work on your basic seat foundation - which will make you a better rider in english and western.

Check out this article for an exercise that will help you develop a solid lower leg position - the foundation of all riding. The exercise can be done in an english saddle or western saddle.

Good luck and keep your chin up.

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