Sorry.... I know it's somewhat long unlike most of my posts...
I ranted in Training (I believe) section while back that the instructor I used to take lessons with (successful eventer) called my horse "useless" for anything but some trail riding. Because she's long in body, not breed and build for any dressage or jumping, will NEVER collect or move straight, and so on. Now for those who trail ride don't take it as an offense please
(I try to take my girls on trails at least once/week, and I truly think confident trail ride horse worth it's weight in gold). I got lots of support and encourangment in that thread, BTW.
While I don't hold my breath about my horse's confo, it's pretty tiring (not to say unpleasant) to hear all that every other lesson, so... I looked for a different instructor. Dressage lady recommended to me by several local people.
So far I had 4 lessons. And the instructor got on my qh last lesson. I warned her that my old instructor rode her twice and she bucked at WTC both times with very pissy expression on her face. She gave it a try anyway. Jemma was propelling her tail like crazy and half-pinned her ears... May be for the first 5 mins. Then she realized I'm still in ring not going anywhere and person on her back is NOT trying to push her into something she can't handle. I could see that - tail relaxed, ears went up, and she started to try her best to understand what's asked. In those 20 mins the instructor (who is very experienced) put her if not on bit, at least to the bit.
And said she's very smart.
Anyway, I want to share some before and after pics. And as always any suggestions and critique are welcome!
(hands on after pics are not close intentionally - that's how I'm asked to ride until my horse will get more trained).