Help with Lofty Trot - New horse
This makes me feel like a novice again, so humbling. My new horse is a sensitive TB, pretty powerful in the hind end and has a real springy trot. My coach is out of town til next week, and my ride today was terrible.
The warm up was fine, I kept his mind occupied with square corners, serpentines, walk pirouettes. But when it came time for trot, his trot throws me up so much it slightly disorganizes me. It also feels too fast, though in videos I've seen, its actually not. It just feels like it. So I end up half halting in my perception that its too quick, and managed to really tick him off such that he began raising his head and throwing it around. My hands came up and it became ugly, to say the least.
I'd let my stirrups down a notch from my usual length, maybe thinking I'd ride with a longer leg. But then as I became more dis organized and somewhat anxious, I started loosing my left stirrup. In the end, I had a frazzled horse, and hoped to end on a good note by just walking and doing lateral work. This is only my 4th ride overall on this guy. When a horse has such spring, how best to post? Longer in the air? It feels so different from my old horse and my girl friend's Morgan that I ride. I will put my stirrups up again so at least i can post more efficiently. I don't want to ruin this horse!
Last edited by horselovinguy; 07-08-2020 at 06:42 PM.