So I had my very first riding lesson yesterday on an Arabian mare (I know!) and it was awesome. I walked away with the hugest smile on my face I have another lesson next weekend and was hoping you guys could answer a few questions of mine before then. My instructor is very sweet and knowledgeable but she didn't really guide me a whole lot.
-I had a hard time holding onto the stirrups. The horse was a little hyper and when she would pick up speed, all of a sudden, my feet would slip out. I was trying really hard to keep my heels down and put pressure on my soles but I just kept losing them. Do you think they were too long for me (I'm pretty short) or was I just doing something wrong?
-When she was speeding up, I would end up bouncing all over the place. I was afraid to fall so I would pull on the reins and say "whoa" everytime but I'd like to actually ride her that fast next time. How do I calm down enough when she's going fast to actually think about what I'm supposed to be doing and do it instead of just panicking and stopping her LOL?! My bum is so sore from all the random bouncing and I don't mean sore muscles, I mean there's a swollen lump on the inside of each thigh
-I could not for the life of me get the horse to turn right. Everytime I tried she would just shake/bow her head and start to get agitated. I tried pulling the rein straight back, out, using my leg aids etc. I wasn't frustrated or anything and would have kept trying but I was a little afraid to piss her off so we just went left a lot
-I want to try jogging her next time but I worry that she will end up running and I'll have to stop her real quick and end up falling off. She sort of just does her own thing and it seemed like she had a ton of pent up energy. She's a little too much horse for me right now. Riding her is such a thrill but I think maybe I should be learning on a different horse. What do you guys think?
Thanks so much and sorry if my questions are really lame.