Hey guys. So I'm having some issues with riding and I'd like to hear how guys have dealt with similar experiences.
Basically, my current issue is that for some reason, I cannot balance at the trot. What this ends up looking like is my legs occassionally pushing more forward or backward instead of under me, I lean to far forward or back at times, and in general am out of rythem with my horse. Even doing a sitting trot, I bounce. This in turn, makes the horse confused and uncomfortable so he then goes faster or wants to go back down to walking.
This feels very odd to me as in the past, I've never had issues with trotting. In fact, it was the main pace I'd ever ride and preferred it. I have never been as out of balance as I am now and am looking to find out what I can do to help this or what could potentially be causing it.
Now, one thing I did was record my last ride to analyze everything better. When I slowed things down and zoomed in a bit (camera was set up at a bit of distance), I realized it looks like the saddle I'm using throws me into a bit of an armchair type position. It's not overly obvious hence why I didn't notice it sooner, but now I can see how my feet are held further forward than what they should be which could be part of the reason for being off balance. I do have another saddle which I haven't really used yet as it's new, but I plan to try to that next and hope it works better.
I'm also wondering if the fact my guy is bigger than any other I've ridden before affects me too. I've ridden 14 hh horses for the most part over the last couple of years and this guy is 16.1 hh so his stride is bigger.
But anyways, what do you guys do to improve your balance? And any other suggestions as to why my balance would suddenly be so bad when less than a year ago I could ride a trot without issue?