Okay, so, I need to vent. ._.
This is seriously long. . . So if you read, COOKIES :)
We got a new instructor, Laura. My BO asked me specifically to ride Roger in her lesson, test her out, and then give her some feedback at the end of the lesson. So I agreed, tacked up Roger (on a sidenote... HE IS FINALLY ACCEPTING THE BIT! YAY
) and took him down to the small ring. She was VERY nice, not denying that, but she was just frustrating me.
First, she calls me into the center of the ring, and tells me that I am sitting back too much. (My pony was bucking a lot today, so I was just being cautious.) I try to explain to her, because she hasn't met Roger or me before, why I'm sitting back, but she just tells me he won't buck (about 10.5 seconds later, he bucked huge and almost chucked me, btw.), and I need to calm down, and sets me back out. A minute later, she calls me in again, this time, telling me I need to sit back because he is going to buck. What. the. hell.
So, at this point, I'm a little annoyed, but nothing big, & I go back out to the rail. She was completely tearing my riding apart, every little thing, and that was reallyy pissing me off, because my pony's really hard & he was perfect
by the end of the lesson. So I should've left that lesson VERY proud, happy, & content. I left angry, annoyed, and dissapointed in myself. I don't want to EVER leave a good, productive
lesson feeling like that again.
Also, we were cantering, & to get me to "sit deeper in my saddle" she kept telling me to 'hold onto the front of my saddle.' I used to do this as a beginner, when I was trotting without stirrups, but seriously, at the canter, on a GREEN PONY? That's crazy. I talked to my BO about this afterward, and she agreed with me, because I need my hands to hold him back when he gets fast, or to give him a little tickle when he yanks his head down, ect. That also just pissed me off and I was a little confused and felt a bit unsafe in her lesson after that.
To make matters worse; I like to vent my feelings, so, I write on FB (not being specific) "Great lesson considering my pony was great, love him. Not such a great time." and then my friend, Marissa, who rides with me and left the lesson feeling like I did, and I, got in a conversation about what had happened in the lesson in the comment section. I later get a PM from my hunter coach, reprimanding me for writing about this on facebook.. Which just frustrated me, and upset me, and made me feel a little guilty. . .
I mean, I guess I was a little wrong, because I'm sure it's hard to come to a new barn, but that lesson was just frustrating and I never
want to have to ride in a lesson like that again. .