Sometimes I guess one just needs a fresh perspective on things. Anyway, I feel so much better about my riding after yesterday's lesson.
My new instructor put me on a nice, quiet 25 yr old QH and had me take him around the ring at a walk and a trot. Then she said "Well, I've seen enough," and walked into the barn!
But she came back.
With a lunge line. I'd never had a lunge lesson before! What a luxury - to only have to worry about my position and to have someone on the ground giving me constant feedback!
My new RI said that I had a very pretty position on a horse. Just not a very stable one.
She showed me how to ride in better balance, and corrected some habits I'd developed that threw me out of balance (like jamming my heels down too deep) which also was lots less work than the way I'd been doing things! So I'm not feeling at all sore today, even though I was on the horse a good forty-five minutes, most of it either in two-point or posting trot.
So I've got a standing Friday afternoon appointment and I'll be moving my horse there soon so she can start giving Houdini lessons as well.
I haven't boarded in about a year (my horses live at home with me) but I think I'll like this place. It's set up like a regular show barn, but in the rings, instead of just the standard jumps, there are all sorts of crazy-looking obstacles set up with scary tires and ribbons and pool noodles. As I was grooming and tacking up my lesson horse yesterday, a group of chatty middle-aged ladies and a pack of dogs blew through, headed out on a trail ride. They looked like they were all having a blast.
Can't wait till Houdini and I can join 'em.