Everyone has those moments in their riding career I am sure where they realize something or another about their situation.
For me I had two of those realizations today...
First, that moment when you realize that the horse you are riding is way more trained than you are so he makes you look like a complete noob.
Second, that moment when you realize that the horse that is your heart and soul, the one you thought was so perfect, was actually kind of a horrible riding partner but you love him all the same anyway.
I started riding Junior when I was 16 years old and I thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. He was always so well behaved and I thought he was so well trained. Don't get me wrong, he was a great horse to learn on and no horse will ever replace him for me but man he was not trained as well as I made him out to be :]
I started riding a new lease horse that is extremely well trained. Today he made me feel like a complete beginner trying to learn how to ride him. The slightest shift in your seat and he moves over. The slightest turn of your hip and he turns. You have to open your inside rein and bump with your outside rein so he will bend through the turns. He will turn on his shoulder or his haunches depending on how you cue him. Junior turned one way, by pulling the rein and pushing with your heel. I could never get him to bend and didn't even know there was different ways to turn. The new lease horse, John, wants contact on the reins and will seek it out. To get him to trot all you do is lift up your pelvis slightly in the front, sit deep in the back and barely squeeze. Same with the canter. He puts himself into a frame. He was doing things that I didn't even realize I was asking him to do.
John is, I think, trained to third level dressage. It is an interesting feeling when you get on a horse that is better trained than you. It humbles you to realize that you can't make him go straight or turn correctly because you are sending him accidental cues and he is simply listening to what you don't realize you are telling him. I never would have thought that riding a horse that was better trained than Junior might actually be harder.
On the bright side I am going to learn a ton from John! So I am excited for that.
But yeah, making new steps in my riding is definitely teaching me some new things!
Me and John from today!