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?