I never ever would have thought that riding an actual western pleasure trained horse would be so hard to do.
A little background on me, I am taking lessons after having my confidence shattered when I thrown from a horse a few years ago. Up until about 5 years ago I didn't take lessons, though I wanted to, only to improve my seat, balance and overall communication but didn't know where to look or who to ask. I was lucky to find one that really has been working with me and basically letting me know 'you can do this, don't give up'.
Anyway, I own an 18 year old QH mare, super girl, and is great for teaching me to trust again. I also have at my disposal just a select couple of horses to choose from as lesson mounts from the barn I board in, my mare was going to be a part of a lesson program this summer but it hasn't materialized and it probably won't which is why I didn't ride her on Friday night because my horse was supposed to be gone by now.
The horse I rode, is completely WP trained and though I really do like that about her, her gaits are as bone jarring. I also suffer from a bad lower back and the movements of really being able to "move" with the horse has inhibited me a bit because I'm afraid of getting myself out of alignment and have to go see the Chiro again. I can move comfortably with my own horse, she doesn't have a long strided walk, (she's not arthritic either). So I was loping on this WP mare friday night and I'll be darned if I just couldn't get in time with this girl, I tried it 3 times and it still didn't work. I thought several of my teeth were working loose because it was so rough! I have been told by my instructor that it will come the more I ride this horse, but seriously? I'm not sure I want to ride her again so soon! I really didn't not enjoy my lesson on Friday night. I woke up this morning and I was so stiff and sore in my hips and lower back!
So thanks for letting me write.