What a disaster! Trying to correct all the tack issues from my first lesson, I first made a new stirrup leather, one that gave me the option to lengthen it and that made a huge difference in a good way. The other thing we did was to put a wedge pad under the saddle to raise up the back. Since Chastain's back is dipped a bit, the saddle was sitting a bit uphill. For some reason this pad caused the saddle to roll and shift and every 5-10 strides, I had to stop so we could readjust. So much time was spent trying to make it work, even to the point of delaying my instructor's other clients that our lesson had to come to an end with the conclusion that uphill and steady is better than flat and rolling! UGGGHHHHH!
I had so much confidence after my first lesson and now I feel nervous again! Please feel free to offer any suggestions!