Today I rode Fifi, who was the most responsive horse I've met yet. Get it wrong and she goes wrong. Get it right and she does it right, which is a great feeling - you really feel like you've achieved something. I like that because the horse rewards me for improving and tells me off for messing up. She's a much more intense ride than the cobs I've been having lessons on - Charlie Brown and Mr Darcy - but she's much softer-mouthed and more responsive to pressure on her sides than Maddie is. When you take up a strong contact she doesn't harden against it. But riding all these different horses is really teaching me what different traits feel like. Those can be described to you but it's so much different when you actually experience them. And it's helping my riding sooo much.
I'm not good at keeping a firm contact, particularly in turns and transitions. That sharpened up so much today because you have to be clear with both reins and both legs on Fifi or she will do what you are asking of her like a good girl ... only it's not what you meant to ask her! My serpentines were squiggles xD
Those of you who own horses, do you get the chance to ride different ones often? Those of you who take lessons, do you switch around a lot? When you started out, did you try lots of different horses and find out the kind you liked the best?
Riding a variety of horses really is fun ^^