Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
Haven't watched all of it, but just in the first two minutes, a few things jumped out at me.
First, yes, your reins are VERY short.
Yip see my comment above.
Second, you are VERY stiff. You have no fluidity in your hips and your arms are very straight with no elasticity. You need to follow the horse's motion with your hips. Your back doesn't have to look like it has a ramrod shoved up it. Watch any of the top riders of any discipline and they follow the motion of the horse. Your shoulders and elbows should be following the horse's motion if you're going to ride two-handed. That way you don't pop your horse in the mouth by accident.
No doubt in my mind i was too stiff. Now, im not trying to make excuses for myself but i will say that i dont ride the lesson mare anything like this. Im not stiff on her at all. You will see it in tomorrows lesson on Fly. Ill be a different person.
No doubt i can achieve that same feel on my mare.
Fly is very cute and seems really willing. She also seems very...not nervous, but...unsure? How many rides does she have on her?
Like i sais, she was very good yesterday and she was a bit unsure at times cause i was too stiff and too forward. Im never forward like this on a horse.
I had my lesson with my outside trainer today and she asked how my ride went. I told her and we chatted a bit about it. We both agreed that the biggest and most immediate adjustment that im having to make is going from a 15hh horse to a 14.2hh horse. On the lesson mare, i had a bit of a buffer for her to not read my signals if i accidentally lean forward on her. Because Fly has a shorter back, i dont have that margin for error which is a-ok by me because like I said this will put my balance and bacj posture to the test.
My outside trainer also mentioned how lesson mares know what being asked from them and they learn every riders style and tendencies over time. Fly doesnt have this so thats why i need to be as direct as i can be with her and reward her right away when she does what i ask. We did this yesterday. For me, im a big believer that giving a young horse scratches on their neck or withers while in the saddle is critical in their learning.
I dont know how many total rides the previous owner had on her but from digging for info from her, its in the 40-50 range from the previous owner and about 18 from my riding coach now from last Fall.
I will be honest, in some ways yesterday kinda felt like when i first got on the lesson mare. I had to get used to her as well. But it was really quick that i got used to her and got in sync with her. And dont forget, I was riding her ONCE A WEEK! I will be riding my mare 2 times a week for now and eventualky up to 3 times a week. This is what my riding coach suggested as well. To start, she wull ride her first then i ride her for 20mins until i get more in sync then my ride time goes up and hers goes down.