This was with John MacPherson. These were each single riding lessons at one hour per. This was strictly riding instruction (with theory if he needed you to understand a concept better). This is the second time I have ridden with him and it was amazing - he is truly an awesome coach. As for what I learned - my canter is collecting nicely but I learned to let go (I have a tendency to be a bit stiff in the wrists). The last exercise we did he had me patting her with my left hand, patting her with my right hand, patting her with my left hand, and so on so as to collect the canter with my seat. It was SUPER interesting - she came over her back and was super through (more so than prior ot that exercise). It was great. Can't wait to ride with him again!
He's a major dressage rider. He does clinics when he's not training/preparing to compete.
Yeah the exercise really was interesting. Like I said I have a problem with my wrists - I'm not always as forgiving as I should be. Patting her on the neck *made* me give my hand, far enough so that she could carry herself. At this point she is more advanced than I am - we are training at first level right now, but when my coach gets on her it's a totally different story.
Thank you so much! Yeah she's a belle for sure. When my coach recommended her she said that specifically - if she bought something that was at my level then, I would've been bored to tears and she knew it. You're right - it's made me keep reaching. At times it feels more difficult because she tests me quite a bit (obviously). My coach can get on her and she looks like an angel. I can ride her five minutes later and she knows its me so she'll test. It's getting better now the more confident I get which is pretty cool.
I debated posting a youtube video to get some feedback - but we all know how that goes. I'm still on the fence. LOL...