Riding/jumping up a bank?
On a trail that Lacey and I have found most recently, there's a very steep bank that must be gotten up to get home... There's a way around but I'd have to dismount and she's not exactly the best about standing still for mounting...
Anyway, this bank is making my life difficult. It's about 3 or 4 feet high and about this sloped: /, maybe a little less. Anyway, so Lacey has been getting right up to it with her back legs, then leaping the rest of the way up (it's quite a feat of coordination and skill, imo) and I've been having trouble staying with her.
The first time I wasn't expecting her to jump it and I was fine, but today I leaned quite a bit forward to begin with, in anticipation of the jump (I thought it would be helpful...) and totally got left behind and then I smacked down on her back, hard. She gave me a severely dirty look and proceeded to walk home in a huff. Basically, I'm concerned that since she is very worried about her rider's safety and keeping them on, that if I don't get my act together she's going to start refusing to go up this bank... And I don't want that since I don't want to have to dismount.
Are there any tips for staying with a horse when they jump something like that, while being in a western saddle? I'm sure I could handle it in an English saddle since I did jump for a while, back in the day, but a western saddle is so different...
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.