I had to use a crop :(
Well, at my last lesson, my instructor decided I should start using a crop. I'm still just a beginner - been taking lessons once a week since February - but it still made me feel sort of bad. I'm doing posting trot, and having a very hard time keeping the horse at the right speed/pace while doing courses and turning. I haven't gotten the hang of post/kick/post/kick, I think. It's like my body won't cooperate or coordinate at the level I need to communicate with my horse.
So my instructor gave me a crop to tap Cody's (the lesson horse's) shoulder while I ride so that I can give him the rhythm more directly without him having to rely on my leg aids.
It all makes sense, it all seems sound, but it still felt like a big step back for me. Like if I was progressing at the right speed, I'd be able to communicate everything with just my body and not need anything additional. I whined (lol) to my instructor that I really didn't want to use a crop, because it felt like cheating and/or training wheels, but she promised that lots of good equestrians use crops.
I'm going to take another lesson tomorrow morning, so I guess I'll see if things are any easier. Also going to try reading some tips online/watching some youtube videos to see if there's anything I'm missing. I'm always hoping for these big "aha!" moments, but it seems like practice is really the only solution.
Any other beginners being given crops to help you out?
Last edited by Mme Yersinia; 06-26-2016 at 11:14 PM.
Reason: Forgot to mention - we're doing posting trot, to begin cantering soon.