Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Ha Ha BSMS, it don't look weird, I rode that way for years! Whatever works, right?
Carpe have you ever ridden western?
When I went from western to English it was a bit of a struggle learning to keep contact or on the bit. I felt awful because I'd always ridden with a curb and the LAST thing you do is have constant contact. So remember to keep the reins loose.
Verbal commands are more common, so remember to "use your words".
Don't rely on alternate bit action, they neck rein. I've seen some primarily English riders spin circles and struggle going forward until they learned to use their legs and the reins instead of the bit. Watch some basic Western riding videos before you go, it ain't rocket science. You still mount on the same side, LOL!
As for keeping in the saddle...
Your legs will be longer, but with the secure saddle it's not that big of a change.
Don't excessively post, LOL! Sit the trot, but don't bounce around either.
I'm sure you probably have a good seat, so just sit back and relax.
On the trails I don't micro manage. I allow the horse to somewhat choose their footing and path as long as I am 100% in control. (Not like I just willy nilly let them meander around, LOL!) Get the horse under control with a few half halts/easy taps on the reins before going up a hill so they don't take off on you. I'm pretty sure the horses there are seasoned pros and will take good care of you!
Relax and have fun!
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?