I teach English and western at a big barn and I have recently inherited an interesting student. She is 17 years old and on medicine for severe anxiety. She rides 3 times a week and has been for almost 3 months now.
I have only taught her once so far and she did well, but I could see the anxiety in her eyes. We only put her on the very "chill" horses and she can walk, trot and go over poles. I don't want to push with cantering yet (I agree with her old trainer on waiting), but is there anything I can do to help her along a little?
She already grooms and tacks as a part of her lesson and I plan on teaching her more detailed parts of this. Any other thoughts would be great! Thanks in advance.
(I tend to get a lot of anxious students because I try to keep the lessons fun and relaxed. This girl just happens to be the most extreme case I have so far.)