I didn't see her prior videos. Before she got to this stage of riding, did her instructor do any work with her on a longe line without reins? When she first started to canter, did she learn how to do it in a full seat before learning half seat?
So you don't drive yourself nuts wondering if she's making progess, know that riding is a constant learning curve, and every single instructor teaches differently. It can be really maddening.
Your daughter has a nice position. Her hands are quiet, her back is flat, she's looking ahead. She appears to be learning good basics. I would also like to see her sitting the canter before jumping, but as I said before, everyone teaches differently. As long as your daughter is progressing in her riding and not feeling overfaced, she's most likely in good hands.
Thank you for your reply. All I really want for her is to learn good basics, but it seems impossible to get any kind of a unified opinion on whether she's getting the good basics!
I can see that she's progressing in terms of how much she can do and her confidence level. What I can't really see myself is the "basics" and whether she's getting into any "bad" habits."
FWIW, there are two video clips in the video that I posted, one from 6 months ago (it says April 2012 at the bottom), and the other from her last lesson (October).
To answer your questions: She spent about 8 lessons on the longe line without the reins. She wasn`t started with the full seat canter--she`s been instructed to do it in 2-point, 99% of the time. She is asked to do the seated canter for only a couple of minutes each lesson.
It does seem clear that everyone teaches differently, but so far I haven't really encountered an opinion that her trainer's way is good one, which worries me a little. I did try talking to her about maybe my daughter was jumping too early, but the trainer believes that she isn't, and I can't have a qualified opinion on that myself.
I guess I'd feel more secure if someone here agreed with her trainer
, but obviously I want honest opinions so that I can remain objective and continue to learn about it all and try to figure out the "right" way.