A few wrenches thrown into this week's lesson. Toby and Nugget were both out (down on Cape Cod for the beach ride), leaving Robin, whom I'd never ridden before. She is a sweet mare in her 20s and less quarter horse built (ie less round) than Toby or Nugget. I waffled about being too big for her. (As you can tell from vidclips, I'm obviously not of slight build).
First, her regular saddle is being repaired. So, start with 2nd saddle. After a few rounds, determine that saddle is too small for me and I feel like I'll fall out. Swap saddles to 3rd, realise that the stirrups are too long and too worn-in to move. Add "insta-stirrups" which feel strange and forward, and closer to being stirrupless than anything.
After that things actually went very well. The insta-stirrups tended to keep my legs too far forward (or slip forward) so I had to focus on keeping them in place. We worked a lot on leg aids, isolating muscle groups, shifting weight etc. Like most school horses she takes her time getting going but she moves lovely when she does. Did a little jogging - her jog is longer and closer to a trot than Toby's, so it felt much more - er, forward? More oomph. But I managed more than just a few steps. Did big and small circles, more balance and control. She's a lovely lady and smart. I'm not quite as in love with her as Toby, but my thoughts might change if I rode her in a saddle that fit her and me. 😉