I started riding in PA and rode for a couple years until moving to China. After about a year in BJ, my family moved to Inner Mongolia right across from a "racing track". I continue riding there, am lectured to ride in a way COMPLETELY different then I learned in the states. So. . . Pardon my terrible position in photos. I'm riding a guy I gave the English name Phillip (they just call him "brown horse" here) and I think he's a Thoroughbred. . I don't know horse breeds in Chinese. He's a really sweet horse. :) He's afraid of just about everything. . . And doesn't know that there is a gait called the canter. :) He just knows walk, trot, and GALLOP. Sometimes he randomly, paces. . . I'm told to shorten my reins because apparently the horse will go fast that way. . . Um sure. I'm told to kick him at everything.. .. oh, what's this, he responds to CLICKING? Oh dear. . . Poor Phillip.
When I return to the states, I will hopefully own my first horse or two, depending on where we live. I miss jumping, Phillip is untrained to jump and I don't think they'd allow me to train him, and he's never been ridden bareback. My dream is to eventually have a productive business in the equine industry.
I am SO thankful though that we moved across from one of the very few riding places in China. I know I sound ungrateful, I just got back from a frustrating lesson/ride. But honestly, I love little Phillip so much and will be sad when the crazy temperatures of northern china come in and I won't be able to ride.
Please give me any tips on my riding!!!!! Please keep in mind though I'm following instruction and in some of the photos you can clearly see I'm NOT riding the way I regularly would.
Note on the weird tack. . . They only have one English saddle that I've only used once. Because they have beginner riders mostly, they have these weird saddle contraption things.