I'm really really happy i found a new barn and can't wait to start riding regularly there! (I still have a few lesson left at my other barn) The owner/trainer at my new barn is a dressage instructor mainly, but does a lot of coaching to jumper riders who want to improve their position.
Her horses are not easy to ride and I had some trouble, but oh! What a nice and proper lesson (haven't had one in ages). I was on the beginner horse, but even he's not easy. Her horses are really sensitive to aids so while I would do what I normally do to turn a horse, he would go the other way. To turn right for example, if I just opened the right rein and pushed with my right leg (and sometimes left leg (alternating)) he would go left...
At first I was so confused but she explained fully why he was doing this and I eventually managed to him turn properly. But my he made me work for it.
These school horses really push you to ride properly ALL the time because one "so so" cue that isn't clear, he ain't going to do it, and if your not there doing your part in the trot (engaging yourself) he'll stop.
If you do however, he has a really nice smooth and engaged trot.
Therefore when I did do well I felt so proud as I could feel I was really in control!
She also really helped with my position (I hunch forward too much) so I'm really happy about that. My current trainer just shouts out to not sit so forward but doesn't do anything to help me fix it.
I'm really happy right now and learned so much in my lesson that I can't wait to return! I'm finally going to learn to ride properly with a trainer who knows what she's saying!