Monday's are lesson days for me, and yesterday I was all ready to go- except for the fact that Rainy's sick. :( It's just a cold, but it's lasted about a week, and Laura (my instructor) wanted me to give her a break while the penicillin they gave me kicked in. So I was placed on a horse I have never ridden before. While this says a lot about Laura's trust in me, to put me on a completely new to me horse and do an advanced lesson, for the most part I was totally overwhelmed with the little manners this pony had! It was rediculous! I had no idea how well-mannered my girl is- or at least, how well mannered she is compared to this pony. *sigh* Anyway, rant over, cookies for anyone who read that- what do you do when you're suddenly in a lesson with a new horse? Especially when the horse throws you totally out of your element?
This seems to happen to me a lot, which drives me nuts since the other riders hardly ever have to ride other horses. :P And quite honestly, it's a bit annoying when you end up on a gaited horse when you're a non-gaited rider, or put on a horse you've never ridden before and expect to do a canter lesson.
Okay, now I'm really done.
So, to sum up, how do you respond when you're on a new horse and expected to perform at your normal levels? Any horror stories? Any advice, since this seems to be happening a lot lately? :)