I have just recently REALLY started riding Gracie, and I HURT. You would think that riding a horse is simple.
Oh no. It's quite an art. I am learning that first hand. My biggest issue is relaxing into the saddle, I find myself (excuse the description) puckering up and being tight through the hips, which cause me to grip with my thighs which sends mixed signals to Grace. A green horse doesn't know what your asking for, or in Gracie's case she's used to having an experienced rider guide her (our trainer) but when I get on I am not strong enough or coordinated enough to have it look effortless. We are going to be working on this A LOT.
So I will be working on riding like jello. Relaxing and disengaging my hips to rock with Gracie's rhythm instead of forcing mine. Her collection is coming along for a 3 year old I'm not expecting a lot, just a little :-)
She is learning the Western Jog NSH style. Higher head and faster than the QH peanut roll.
I found the shirt for our show and am stuck on what color, solid or pattern saddle pad/blanket to get.
Here's the shirt.
What do you think, solid Lavender or a Lavender pattered blanket? I think a Field trip the the girls is in order to find the perfect one.
I think I'm obsessing a bit but I have been waiting to do this for YEARS!