On Wed we were getting down tacking and mounting/dismounting. We take baby steps to ensure we get it right from the beginning so we don't have to back track.
So I had Dublin.
I am pro at tacking since I've been doing it so often for when I lead. So that was no issue. Then we went into the area and were walking them around before girth checks. She taught us how to do this. Usually as a leader we have to hold the noseband and place a hand on the shoulder so the instructor can girth check and we watch the horse. It was nice to be the one to do it this time.
So there are 5 people in the class. She showed us the mounting process. Interesting, as I've never been in an english saddle before. I had no idea where to put my hand that would normally grab for the horn. It ended up in my crotch as I swung my leg over But otherwise Dubbs cooperated and I got on successfully. We then just walked around the arena.
I have to thank many people on this board right now. If not for reading all the posts I would not have had a clue about what to do. As the instructor was focusing on the next horse/rider, Dubin decided to stop, go, and turn as he pleased. He knew the routine and just walked around the arena following the horse in front. Ugh. But I did get him to stop and turn and do things my way a few times. And I did not kick once, in fact I only ever squeezed with my calves.
But the reins, I had no idea. I only ever neck reined and my gosh was this weird. I had to use both hands and actually keep contact with his mouth. So odd. It's going to take awhile for me to get used to that. I didn't want to pull on his mouth too hard, so I was trying to be as gentle as possible while still getting the point across, I hope I did good.
We then had to dismount as the class was going over the two hours allotted. This I knew how to do. I gently swung my leg over, got myself straight and slid off. Dubbs didn't even shift. He's such a good horse.
Anyhow, that's my story. Thansk for reading.