Today I went to check on my TB mare in training and her trainer gave me a lesson as well! I just switched from Western to English and am going to get lessons from her every week. She lives an hour and a half away, but it's worth it!
I started out on her huge GORGEOUS 4-yr old Warnblood. He jumps 5' with ease but she hasn't tried him higher as he's still growing. He's part Clydesdale, part Hackney, and part Standardbred. All amazing . Jenni had me using my leg and seat aids more consistently and taught me how to know what diagonal I should post on at the trot. She said my posture was perfect, especially for just starting English. She also told me how to get the horse to turn by turning my head towards where I want to go, etc. The biggest thing I need to work on is keeping contact on the reins. I'm used to western with loose reins loose reins loose reins, and I always felt like the reins were too tight but I guess I just have to get used to English
Then I hopped on my TB in training. She used to belong to this trainer and she sold her to someone who ruined her, so I bought her and put her in training with her old owner and trainer. She used to take off at a full gallop whenever she was asked for the canter from the second owner messing her up so bad. She used to be perfect......Jenni said she thinks the second owner reprimanded her when she did something wrong by kicking her sides. Ugh. We've got a long way to go with her training....anyway, I hopped on her today after Jenni and she was better already, you just couldn't even touch her sides with your lower legs or she would try to canter. But it's a lot better than she used to be!
Anyway, I'm pretty happy after my first English lesson. I love her warmblood! Lol
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