So I have this completely awesome 13.2 HH 7ish year old pony.
I love her!
My awesome and talented friend started her under saddle when she was 4 and a halfish.
I bought her last July, and had only barely ridden her at the trot, always following another horse. I felt really good about all this, and then I took her home and started riding unsupervised and I feel like everything has fallen apart.
I feel like we are splendid on the ground. I know when she's being foolish, I know when she'd being playful, I am just generally really confident when handling her, and although she can be bratty on occasion, she is totally that dream horse that gives you nuzzles and let's you envelop her entire head in a hug.
So obviously I want to ride her! But there's just this one thing - she is narrow with practically no withers. It's SO hard for me to balance on her! I feel like every time I try to push myself to try to ride her faster than the walk, she ends up being really hard to steer and I am doing a bad job giving this youngish pony clear directions, because she doesn't take up any of my leg and I balance on her horribly when I am trying to post. There's a ton of leg movement that happens underneath her at the trot, and I am scared if I post at her unusually busy pace, I am going to encourage her to go right up into a faster trot or a canter. I balance ok when I lean forward a bit, but that also seems like I would be encouraging her to go faster. She's got so much movement, that I can't slow her trot easily with my seat. Well, we haven't cantered yet, and I am worried that with my balance issues, and thus my steering issues, we are just going to get out of control. Her brakes have gotten worse and worse and she won't relax.
Does anyone have any experience with tiny narrow ponies that use their legs a lot? Am I overthinking a lot of this? I just want to hear some other people's experiences. I am worried I am messing her up or stressing her out.
Thanks so much!