Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
I rode her Wednesday and yesterday.
Wednesday was absolutely AMAZING. I probably wasn't doing it right, but she was relaxed, flexible and comfortable.
Yesterday wasn't so great, I think she was a bit stiff from the day before. Found it hard to keep a good rhythm in the trot, and not so relaxed so we just worked on big bogen? What the heck is a bogen in English?
Y'know, circles, figures of eight, change through school, 3 loop serpentines etc.
I can officially say my butt feels (and quite possibly is) bruised. Cycling to work this morning was painful!
I do love that Western saddle, but I think it is too big for my bum, and it isn't as comfortable as my English.
I do have some questions, however.
The guy who I know from work rides her, has had a few lessons, but its more fun for him. His wife has the partial paralysis and has a very weak left side. She rides with one hand, in her right.
On the left rein, the mare is VERY relaxed and comfortable. I ride with my reins in both hands. I ask her to drop her head, and then relax. So long as she doesn't hang there or bring her face up that is fine.
On the right rein, she is tense, will flex to the outside, and is more 'jumpy' at things.
I have made sure I am sat straight, little bit to the inside etc... but how do I encourage her to flex to the inside, rather than outside, or pretty much straight?? If I put leg on (as with dressage) she decides to knock it up a pace (my poor bum!).
Any hints and tips welcome!