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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