losing stirrups on pony & problems riding on a tiny pony
Lately I am somewhat frustrated. I learned to ride on the horse of a friend (and I keep on taking lessons.) I also ride in a horse school on a riding... pony... They matched me up with a pony because he is old and docile and experienced. He is basically a good pony. But the problem is that I am very tall and so my feet hang far below the belly of the horse. They gave me spurs to ride, but I still have to literally lift my leg and feet for giving aids so I either lose my stirrups or my feet slide too far in it (when applying heel pressure not to lose the stirrup.) I read that more experienced riders use their upper legs to apply pressure, but this is a school horse and he does not get the signal for galloping when I only apply pressure like that.
Also it seems to be impossible to sit the trot because he takes tiny steps.Because of that I bounce and hurt him and I don't want to be that kind of rider! So I try to go to a gallop directly from just stepping, but he also does not get that and first starts to trot (and then I am already bouncing and feeling guilty and then I want to quickly tell him to gallop and then everything goes wrong because I lose a stirrup, my feet get too far in the stirrup, I bounce and get frustrated... I know part of the problem is that the horse is a bit dead to certain aids, but I am just a client that rides once or twice a week and I can't retrain a pony that is ridden by so many people.
I will tell my trainer that I want to learn to do light riding while galloping and that I want to learn different (sensible) things that I can learn on the pony. I can by the way perfectly sit the trot without coming out of the saddle and perfectly gallop and stick to the saddle on a horse. I also have never had the problem of losing a stirrup while galloping on a horse. Of course I requested a horse, but they don't have one for a beginner. I already decided the pony and I are not a good galloping match, but I just wanted some advice from experienced riders. What can I do differently to make it a more pleasurable experience for both me and the pony? If it continues like it is now, I am gonna request that we refer from galopping. Let's be real, I would never purchase a pony... So I am not really motivated to learn to sit the trot on a tiny horsey. But I am very much motivated to be a rider that does not hurt the horse.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out and meet it. (-Thucydides)