My 11 year old daughter has been taking riding lessons for 1.5 years. She started with some trail rides / summer camp, then did a year of English in an eventing barn. Last month we changed to a Western barn.
Wow, everything is so different! I'm not sure whether it is the teaching style, or is related to the different discipline.
In her old barn the focus was at first on her seat and balance (lunge line, balance exercises). Her lessons were 30 minutes, and she mostly rode circles at trot and canter, and then did cavalletti for 15 minutes, at trot and canter.
At the new barn, it obviously started with figuring out the steering, I get that. Her instructor gives plenty of feedback, and I love that! I'm not always sure what the feedback is for, though. It seems that she needs to steer the horse much more, while in the old barn she either could steer better, or the horse just stayed at the rail better.
If you could explain to me what she's working on during the lesson, and give any other general feedback, that would be great. It seems that I only started "getting" her lessons, and now everything is so different.
This is a video of her lesson #5 at the new barn.