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        01-02-2013, 11:02 PM
      #21
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by TheLauren    
    About three weeks ago my instructor told me to get off. We were riding in the indoor and my horse made a move to kick a passing horse. I got off the horse and my instructor got on. She rode him for about 10 minutes and schooled him. After my mount was responding better my instructor had me get back on. She then explained to me what she had done and how I should respond.

    I was a bit embarrassed but then I realized I am there to learn and that I can't let pride get in the way. My instructor had handled it well and I learned something. Your instructor was right for taking you off. I just think she should have explained why so you wouldn't be feeling like this.
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    This is totally how it would've been handled at my barn. This was probably a safety issue. You may be a really excellent rider but in the middle of the lesson you are wrapped up in a different mindset and you may not have the brainspace to think about the discipline the horse needed in that moment, but the horse DID need to be disciplined.

    It sounds like it stopped being a lesson for you though. There should have been explanation about what the person that got on after you was doing so in the future you will have the facilities to correct your own horse.

    My riding group loves when our trainer hops on--it's nice to have someone else fight a battle, for one, and it's so cool to watch someone you enjoy learning from in action.

    Another thing that probably would've happened at our barn, especially so early on in the lesson time, was to have you saddle up on another school horse.
         
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        01-03-2013, 09:05 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Had this happen, my daughter had this happen. Best guess is every new rider has experienced this. I understand you want to get it right but bouncing on the horses back and continuing to cue only causes pain and frustration. You are balanced on a finely built suspension bridge under which sit the kidneys. Would you like to be pounded in the back? Another thing that is happening is you are also teaching the horse this cue means you don't have to canter. Your instructor put another person on to tune up the horse and get it responsive to the leg. Lessons are never about how far you go but more about fine tuning things and *always* allowing your mount to do it right before lesson's end.

    If you are going to be an effective rider or competitive rider, you are going to have to swallow your pride and learn to shake it off. The idea is for you to watch the other rider and see how they apply the aids. Our brains learn by watching as well as doing. Watch as many CDs of top riders as you can and ask questions. Meanwhile, I would apologize to the instructor and ask what you can do to improve the canter depart.

    Don't be frustrated and remember it's a dance, not a boxing match.
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        01-03-2013, 09:10 AM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by katdressagegirl    
    I agree with TheLauren.

    While I can understand she taking you off the horse...I don't understand her not explaining and perhaps getting to ride a different horse. Maybe the horse was not level-headed enough for you...perhaps the horse was not too much for you; just having a bad day and it was unexpected. For this I can see having you get off and a more experienced rider get on.

    My instructor has, very occasionally, gotten on my horse. Usually I'm having an on-going issue or I need her to feel what I'm feeling. Actually I love watching her ride my horse...I get to put my feet up and she does all the work XD

    So I would totally take the opportunity of watching what someone more experienced does in your same circumstances. However...it's too bad she couldn't have explained to you everything more clearly.

    Don't worry about feeling like you are bad rider. I don't know many people that I could say are bad riders...sure you might be less experienced but no worries. Just take it as a learning experience. Ask your instructor all about it next time. I'd imagine, if she is any good, she would be happy to talk about it. Also don't let it shake you. Who knows what could of happened if you had been forced to stay on?

    Good luck next time! :)
    Guess you guys have never ridden with a retired German cavalry officer. ;)
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        01-03-2013, 10:04 AM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by 66Domino    
    Guess you guys have never ridden with a retired German cavalry officer. ;)
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    ^^That
    I remember very well......we were shown how to do something properly if it was our fault, if the horse was acting up, it was ridden by the instructor or barn staff as long as it took. Period. We did get the explanations with it, not always during the lesson, but after it certainly, if we asked.
    We would NOT dare any criticism AT ALL, or we would end up on the worst horse and being yelled at. And for a " yeah, but" we would never hear the end of it.....ahhhh, good old times.....
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        01-03-2013, 02:09 PM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    ^^That
    I remember very well......we were shown how to do something properly if it was our fault, if the horse was acting up, it was ridden by the instructor or barn staff as long as it took. Period. We did get the explanations with it, not always during the lesson, but after it certainly, if we asked.
    We would NOT dare any criticism AT ALL, or we would end up on the worst horse and being yelled at. And for a " yeah, but" we would never hear the end of it.....ahhhh, good old times.....
    What?! You didn't get the lunge whip on the back for leaning forward. LOL
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        01-03-2013, 02:18 PM
      #26
    Trained
    No, he never carried a whip. He was a broomstick through your elbow type of guy. And famous for taking off his gloves lightning fast to throw on the horse's hind if it wasn't moving........I found that out when trying to go in canter from halt, no stirrups, and ended up standing next to my horse...never saw it coming
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        01-03-2013, 03:09 PM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    No, he never carried a whip. He was a broomstick through your elbow type of guy. And famous for taking off his gloves lightning fast to throw on the horse's hind if it wasn't moving........I found that out when trying to go in canter from halt, no stirrups, and ended up standing next to my horse...never saw it coming
    Oh my gosh, was his name Wilhelm? Glad we can laugh about it now.
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        01-03-2013, 03:22 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Klaus Kloeckner
    He was very fair, always. Strict, but fair. I dreaded going to lesson sometimes, but he had intuition and would always put me on a good horse after a chaos lesson, or at least on my favourite
         
        01-03-2013, 03:28 PM
      #29
    Trained
    One of my pet peeves is riding academies that over-mount and under-train their lesson animals. I ran a tiny riding academy for 10 years and used my own horses. My lessons were no larger than 5 students at a time, and I prided myself that I didn't endanger ANY of them. These were also horses that were routinely ridden at CW Reenactments, under saddle with cannon fire and the riders shot off of their backs, as well. They were calm and responsive.
    My advice is to get a refund for lost riding time and locate a better place to take lessons, one that respects you. You have every right to want to pay for a safe ride and improve your skills.
         
        01-03-2013, 06:15 PM
      #30
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Klaus Kloeckner
    He was very fair, always. Strict, but fair. I dreaded going to lesson sometimes, but he had intuition and would always put me on a good horse after a chaos lesson, or at least on my favourite
    Bet my best pair of boots you can now ride anything! Sometimes the thing that makes someone an exceptional equestrian is a little adversity in the mix. Ride safe!
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