So since I don't own Leia anymore, I've started taking lessons again and will hopefully join team this upcoming season, too. I rode Friday and my trainer put me on this giant tb named Chase. He's an ex-steeplechaser and really BIG. She wanted to put me on the polar opposite of Leia for my first lesson (and ride) in months. He and I were both pretty tense at first, but relaxed after some warming up. The first few jumps were without incident, but the first "big" jump we came to, he hit the brakes hard! Lol I turned him and trotted over it and he let out a few exuberant hops afterward. I am usually pretty nervous on unfamiliar horses and I will admit refusals terrify me! And he was a huge powerhouse of a horse that took me using every inch of my body to ride. After a few lines of me riding really defensively, she pulled me aside to talk to me. He had been dropping his shoulder and digging all of his weight into the turns to cut the corner and she told me to not let him do that anymore. She told me to remember to count my rhythm to keep from over-thinking everything, too. (a method my ex-trainer had taught me, too). As soon as I had a 'job' in my head, the nervousness vanished and I rode to meet my new goals. It took every bit of strength to keep him up 'with me' and off of his forehand after the jump, and I literally dug my inside leg into him all to make him use his corners lol. I ended on a pretty good note (he took it a bit long, but the rest was nice) and look forward to my next lesson tomorrow!!
Also, she said he cracks his back over jumps.. I'm not sure what she meant by that, does anyone know what she may've meant?