I’m still Alive and Stirrups Can Spoil A Good Canter

I know I haven’t blogged for a while and it’s not because I haven’t ridden, or that I’ve had a terrible time of riding or anything like that, I have no excuses besides I couldn’t be bothered blogging. I think I got a low point after my high after my super duper long ride on Shadow. Things started to fall apart a little for me in lesson and on hacks after that.

I had a confidence knock in my two point seat after my odd stirrups on that long ride. See, even Miss gutsy pants has those moments. I needed to find my central balance again and I hadn’t found it in the past week or so.

Although saying that, Bella was in a bucking mood on Thursday during my lesson and I happily stayed in the saddle and giggled hard when she threw up a big buck.

I have felt somewhat out of sorts with my hands, seat and legs and I don’t know why. It was slowly coming back to me during Thursday’s lesson on Bella when we were doing circles but it wasn’t the best.

Well, today was Father’s day so I didn’t go up early to brush ponies and only did one ride but that one ride did me the world of good.

My usual hacking RI wasn’t up either today so I was feeling a little unsure how it would all go. I needn’t have worried because my second favourite ride leader was taking us and I was on Mr Shadow. He was walking lovely, trotting lovely and my stirrups have magically sorted themselves out.

Actually, whoever was on him before me has what I have now discovered are my comfortable stirrups. I felt so in control during rising trot and felt close to my seat all the time. I felt in short, way more effective. Who knew those pesky stirrups could change the game up so much?

I was in lead file on this two horse ride today as a little boy was on our tiny pony, star.

We went on the back hill for my canter. The little boy trotted up and I held back a very excited Mr Shadow. There was a stallion pony that was in the adjoining field and Shadow was getting excited as it pranced about.

I let him go, put myself in my two point seat, felt so secure and let up the reins and touched my calves to his side and off we flew. It was fast but I felt so secure and safe!

The ride leader shouted to slow and just with a little squeeze he came back to me in a slower canter. I couldn’t believe the transformation. Going from the chicken I was last week on this same ride with my hacking RI as we rode out together, grabbing my saddle to not wanting this to stop and keep going and feeling so confident and happy again.

Canter is my favourite gait so for me to feel happy and secure when in my two point seat again was just amazing! Shadow loved it to!

I know my School instructor has noticed I ride long in my leg but I really do ride long in my leg. 🙂

The stirrups seem so odd to me though. 9 holes on the left which is generally longer as it’s the mounting side, as I understand but five on the right and the saddle was even, I checked. Weird but I’ve stamped the wholes in my head and will adjust them to those next time I ride the gorgeous Mr Shadow.

My ride leader asked if that was good as he was going so forward from the start, I said, yes, did it look OK? She replied my position was perfect. I was even more pleased with that as I’d been putting my head down when in the forward seat recently. She said he looked like he was going fast but she was pleased I got him nicely under control. We definitely went from walk to canter today, at a fast pace and it never unnerved me like it has recently so super happy about that again. Love my demon speed inner self. lol.

Looking forward to my lesson on Thursday.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Yay at getting your mojo back. I find it interesting how just adjusting stirrups slightly can mean so much and have such an effect on riding. I have that with my riding as well.

  2. After you’ve cantered in the school a few times ask your RI if you can canter without stirrups at all. It’s such a great feeling. You’ll love it! Glad to hear you’re in a good phase 🙂

  3. Yay for cantering about in the light seat! I know all too well the psychological and physical discomfort of riding uneven. I’m so glad that you’ve had a great ride to restore any niggling feelings!

    Finding the righr fit on the leathers is essential. Often at RSs, the leathers aren’t the same length, or there’s been so many additional holes punched, that to get the leathers even requires a different number of wrap arounds and holes! So glad you found what works for you 🙂

  4. Hurray for cantering about in the light seat! I know all too well the psychological and physical discomfort of riding uneven. I’m so glad that you’ve had a great ride to restore any niggling feelings!

    Finding the righr fit on the leathers is essential. Often at RSs, the leathers aren’t the same length, or there’s been so many additional holes punched, that to get the leathers even requires a different number of wrap arounds and holes! So glad you found what works for you 🙂

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