I went to see a horse yesterday for part loaning, just one day per week to start off with, for £10 per day plus £35 for half shoes every six weeks.
I consider my riding level to be a mid - higher novice.
He's absolutely gorgeous, a 14.1HH new forest gelding...but he's only 4. The owner said to me don't let it put me off, he's a complete gentleman and has already won a handful of shows (in hand and ridden).
I asked if I could see her ride and jump him, and he looked very good! He looked a little wiggly going to the jumps but that was his only fault I could see.
I didn't think I would be riding so I was wearing skinny jeans. She asked me if I wanted a ride and I thought...hmm got a hat and boots in the car...yeahhhhh!
I got on him, and I don't know if it was what I was wearing, maybe because I was cold too, but the saddle seemed majorly uncomfortable. It almost felt like it was too small or something. The horse was an absolute star however. I only walked and trotted because I didn't want to take things too fast before I knew him and how he moves. But he was incredibly responsive to my leg, and was on the bit at all times. He only needed a squeeze of the hand and a little leg pressure to change direction with loads of bend.
I feel like I could progress with him...she says I have to opportunity to show, go cross country etc, should I let an uncomfortable saddle hold me back?
Maybe I just need to get used to him to sit in it better?
Here is Woody in action!