Horse having trouble adjusting to dressage saddle (vs. AP)?
14 yo OTTB has only ever been ridden in an AP saddle. I put a (well fitting) dressage saddle on her yesterday and we did not have a great ride: she was fine walking, but immediately threw her head up and hollowed out to trot. Throughout the lesson, she was very wiggly and jiggy, and did not seem to want to make upward transitions, which for her is out of character. Had to work much harder than usual to get her on the bit, and she was off balance and rushing in canter
Assuming nothing else was causing her grumpiness...could she be reacting to a different leg/seat than what she is used to? If so, any suggestions? We are both new to dressage.
Not sure if it matters, but I also used a new bridle/bit - both fit fine and she seemed to like the bit.