Thanks Valentina :)
Yesterday's lesson was better, and considering she's had 5 days off whilst I was in the UK with only two lunge sessions and an hour in the walker every day she was brill to ride on Tuesday, no silly behaviour, but I didn't push her for the harder stuff, we did transitions, figures and loads of bending. Only problem was after about 30 mins she decided she'd had enough and on the left rein as we approached corners, was drifiting out. So, I know this is rider error, and we worked on it yesterday and I had too much inside weight and leg, not balancing it enough with outside.
Yesterday's lesson... well, we didn't have a lot of room, a couple of the jumpers were in there pratting around making their horses look hard to handle (I don't understand this.. at all, poor creatures, so they deffo put up with a lot of mouth pulling, one of the girls cantered a 10m circle, sitting on the outside... like.. really.. I was like, good, well behaved horse, she's only been riding it for 5 minutes D:)
In the end, when they cut me up, I carried on riding. Thought stuff you, I'm being taught in German, you know whats being said and I'M PAYING. So I got a few dirty looks and my trainer having a good giggle.
Then we introduced the crop. The kiddie's little red one again haha, and Valentina, you're so right, I just hold it and she knows the difference. So much so, I asked her to walk on and she cantered from a halt. Which in it self was impressive so I didn't chastise her, I pushed her on, and then when she wanted to stop, pushed her on, and then stopped, and did loads of transitions! We only had it for a little while, and I didn't touch her once, but yesterday it felt like I was riding an ENTIRE horse, not just her front end, which is what we've been going for, but teaching it is so much harder than achieving it with a horse that already knows it.
The feeling I had was much clearer too, left hand side was brilliant, right hand side was super, and she's starting to sit back in a canter and not canter in to the floor- all mega improvements. And the fast isn't too scary any more, I'm not saying we've cracked it completely, but I can feel her back so much more now.
As for my elbows, I thought that too, I thought am I holiding her too tight, and she's tossing her head because she's saying ow, so I gave her a long, loose rein and she still did it. She was just being a baggage, and that was her way of saying UH UH. She hasn't done it again since last Wednesday, but I've only ridden her three times.
Will keep you updated again! Missing Saturday's lesson because I'm helping out for a kids christmas party..wooohooo for being a tall elf!