~ Feels like beginner days all over again...??
I was really amazed today to see how different it was to ride my one friend's horse. It was as if I were someone who was climbing on to a horse after months of no riding, that's exactly how I felt when I rode him! :shock:
I feel comfortable riding 9 of the horses at the barn I ride at, even though I only ride 2 of them regularly (the others sometimes I will just ride them every once in a while). Even then, I can comfortably just climb on one of these 9 horses after months of not riding them and adjust just fine to them.
But today, after a group jumping lesson on Damper (one of my regulars), my one friend told me to try out her new horse, Enchello. The thing is, she doesn't board him at my barn, he stays at her house and for lessons she will trailer him down to my barn for lessons.
Anyway, I climb on him, and the first thing I feel is this feeling of insecurity as if I was going to fall off or something. His back felt so much different to the horses I usually ride, much rounder, not much to really "hold on" to. I start by trotting around on him, first thing I notice is how much my hands are moving around as I post and my legs were moving around alot. I then canter him. Same thing. :???:
Then my instructor tells me to go over a jump at a canter and I was shocked at how terrible my jumping position was. I felt so unbalanced over the jump to a point that I had to rest my hands on his neck. My heels (which I can keep down fine when I jump on the other horses) were up over the jump and my lower legs flying back and having no stability...
I don't know why I had this sort of "rider meltdown" when I rode a different horse. Maybe it's because the horses I usually ride have something in common with each other? Or maybe it's something in my head? Maybe I'm just so used to riding the sort of horses I ride at my barn that when I ride something else I would have to get used to that type of horse (or something like that)?
I'm at a loss here...has anyone had the same thing happen? Or know some kind of explanation for this? :???:
I would think that happens to anyone who's ever tried a different horse. Every single horse is built differently. If you're used to the same one all the time and then suddenly put on one who balances you differently, sure you're going to feel out of sorts. I can ride any TB out there, but put me on a wide bodied quarter horse and I'd practically need training wheels. Nothing to worry about. If you ride that horse a few more times, you'll feel better once you're more familiar with his way of moving.
The best rider are those who ride a number of horses a day. Why? Because each indavidual horse teaches you to become accomodating the each indavidual horses needs and how they need to be ridden. They help you become a more well rounded rider. You learn what each horse needs, and you learn to conform to the horse, instead of having the horse conform to you.
So, be proud of yourself for getting on plenty of different horses, that's a big feat! Don't feel down about your "backwards" feeling when you were riding the new horse, take it as a learning experience. At least you knew you weren't correct and you were able to naturally feel what was off. Learn from it, learn from what that horse gave you. Ask yourself how you needed to change yourself to accomodate that horses needs - take that and grow from it and apply it the next time you are on him.
Don't forget the saddle too. I only assume you were in that horses saddle, a saddle that works great for its owner, but not you as an indavidual. The saddle could of been throwing you out of whack as well - because just like how every person is built differently, so are saddles. That saddle might not of been right for your body type which could of been a huge factor to you feeling "off".
I feel a little better I have to say. I'm glad to see that it probably happens to alot of other people as well, and that it's not just me. Thanks. :smile:
I couldn't ride my friends paint horse for the world. She's not as bulky as what I'm used to and I felt as if I couldn't stay balanced on her.
I guess its different for everyone, I personally find most horses a pleasure to ride but before I got my own horse i went to a number of riding schools where the horse i rode probably changed most weeks, I have two horses of my own now but at the livery yard where i keep them there are a lot of other horses the owners said i could ride, Theres My two - Red a little 13hh VERY lively Welsh B and Gypsy - 15hh A cob with lovely flowing paces, then theres Jake - A 27 year old heavy cob whos very very laid back and slow and Benny - A gorgeous 14.2hh Irish Sports horse with a terrific jump and brilliant laid back personality theres also Bessy my friends other horse 13.2hh who also has an amazing jump but a lot quicker and more alert than benny. So i still have a range of different horses to ride. Maybe you should try going for lessons at a riding school perhaps once a week? and making sure they vary your horse a lot of the time? this may solve the problem, also ask questions about the horse, what kind of handling it prefers, short reins? long reins? plenty of leg? not too much leg? etc :) I hope this helped! :D
I have this problem with my friend's horse. She's hurt, and has me exercising him. He hates how much leg I use. I've ridden him a couple of times now. I am trying to adjust, but it has been a struggle. So don't feel bad, you are not alone.
I had a similar problem before I started riding sale horses for my trainer. It really helps to ride as many different types of horses as possible as often as you can. It will make you more adaptable and I don't know about anyone else but it helped me solve some problems I was having with my horse. Good luck with everything!
This week I rode Enchello again, and I have to say that it was much better this time around. Still abit awkward, but I felt more comfortable on him. We used LoveStory10's saddle on him this time, and hers felt better than Enchello's owner's one did. I even felt comfortable enough to jump him a jump that was nearly a metre, and my legs didn't slide around that much. I have to say he is a really awesome horse! :grin:
Thanks again, everyone! :smile:
I do think it was the saddle that caused your awkwardness. Glad you were able to put a much better fitting saddle on *with hopes it fit the horse as well* to make you feel much more solid in your tack.
Remember, our saddles are supposed to aid and help us ride better. Meaning, put us in proper positions, make us feel solid and secure and tight/comfortable *my saddle, I fit like a glove in it* etc, etc.
At no point are our saddles supposed to hinder us, impede our progress, make us feel insecure, uncomfortable and etc, etc.
Congrats on your much better ride!
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