I had my lesson today. My mum didn't want to say anything to them this lesson because I haven't been there in three weeks and they might have changed. No such luck. I was with the girl I am normally in a lesson with who is on the worst behaved horse ever. He will not go into canter without doing a running trot for two laps and bucking. Even when he is in canter she had to keep kicking him to keep him going!
It's hard to know what to do, because I like the instructor I have at the moment because she is good at teaching and speaks clearly (I'm almost deaf in one ear so when my bad ear is on the inside I struggle to hear sometimes without turning my head) .The other two instructors that work at the stables are in their early 20's and are still learning how to teach and sometimes aren't good at giving feedback. The people I'm in the group with aren't working for me though. My mum said she might phone them up to ask if they have any other lessons that I can go into, but the risk with doing that is that I will end up with the not so good instructors.
I have to choose between being in this group with a naughty pony but a good instructor or another group that might be better for me with a worse instructor.
This lesson went well though (but I only did two laps of cantering
). My first canter was really good, my legs were in the right place, Charlie was slow and he didn't buck. The only thing that was bad was that he cut the corners. On the next canter it all went terrible because he knew we were going to canter so got all hyped up and was cantering before I had even got a nice trot. He went way to fast and I was bouncing all over the place. I keep getting told to pull back on the reins and that I won't hurt him but I know that it can hurt him so I don't like to pull back really hard.
We also did loads
of trotting and my ankle was really hurting after about 10 minutes! (it was ok once we stopped doing all the trotting though) Probably because I haven't ridden in so long.
My mum is still not conviced we should change stables, and I feel bad half wanting to leave because I know that they are struggling for money, but if they won't train their horses to be responsive or won't move me to a group more my age and ability we might have to move.