She certainly has improved and I am so happy it wasn't what I first thought upon seeing that second video. I thought maybe she had a big scare and totally lost her confidence. Ha ha
I agree that there is a benefit to doing an occasional group lesson. I guess I can see taking a lesson or two in the beginning without boots because you want to give a person an idea of whether or not they wish to invest in this hobby but safety is a big thing for me. Helmets are a must too even though I have been known to jump on horses without either proper shoes or helmet here and there, I always try to teach "proper safety" first.
The group lesson thing for me just scares me because of past history. I spent a month at a "show barn" where there was an instructor that gave huge group lessons while she sat on the end of the arena and read a magazine. Boarders were also able to ride in the large indoor while she was doing these lessons so it was very busy in there at times.
Once while I was riding a Morgan Stallion, I saw a Quarter horse (lesson horse) go down with his young rider and try to roll. The child's leg was pinned and the horrid teacher didn't even notice. I screamed at her and took my gaited whip to try to get the horse up but had to keep control of my horse. I was finally able to get the horse up and the kid was scared to death. I just remember seeing his eyes, terrified as this horse was rolling up over his tiny body. That woman should have been in jail as far as I was concerned. I know she got sued a few times for things like that. It just makes me a bit MORE defensive about things. Not saying that could happen in your situation as your teacher was obviously intently watching her students. Just flashbacks, you know?