I've never ridden English before, and the only times I've ridden before now were two trail rides, one at Lake Tahoe, NV and another at Estes Park, CO. (The one in Estes Park was 2 hours and my horse was very sweet!)
I've been trying for riding lessons close to all my life (I am now 16, you can imagine how happy I am to now be riding) And I consider myself very lucky! (even if I don't become a good rider.) Because my lessons are affordable ($20, plus she is letting me work some of them off.), and I'm riding at a ranch full of Friesians. My lesson horse is also a friendly Friesian gelding who although he's very young, he's very good.
That said, I would like to correct my problems before I make a habit of them (I know I can't expect to do well on my first two lessons) But, Ludsen (the horse I ride) is also a show horse, and I don't want to ruin him.
Here are some photos of us riding, if you would like more I will certainly take more this Friday.
I've noticed some things I'm messing up on all ready
+ I hold my thumbs UNDER the reins instead of over
+ I hold my hands at the wrong angle
+ I lean foreword
+ I look down a lot
+ I get REALLY tense ):
+ Ugh, I have so many problems, I'm sure you guys can easily spot them and help me with them.
I usually correct these things right away when I notice them myself, but what's a good mindset to have to prevent these things?
I'm also not very agressive. What can I do to toughen up?