I thought I'd post these of our lesson kid (she's really become just another friend though). When she came to us, she'd been paying ridiculous amounts to ride lazy schoolhorses in group lessons taught by pony club kids. She kind of started off taking lessons from Shay-la, and it's evolved to her owning Shay-las pony (a gift for her birthday) and just coming out with us all the time to ride and have fun. She has future aspirations of jumping, and as she's advancing we're discussing the options of a real coach. Bear in mind she's come this far with nothing but backyard riders with no formal training coaching her along. She's quickly reaching the point where we can't do much more for her.
As for any comments about the hackamore Dove is being ridden in, please don't bother. My sisters boyfriend had been riding her and when we switched to English for jumping, her headgear didn't get switched. Dove really doesn't care what she goes in, and the curb strap is extremely loose. She's about as unsensitive as they come and can run through this hack at a gallop if she chooses to, so it just wasn't an issue. She's not a "jumping horse" either, she's just a patient trail mare worth her weight in gold and willing to attempt anything she's asked to do, which has been perfect for Ashley to learn on. Up until last summer, she'd never even been ridden in a bit, so she tends to actually prefer the hack, and works great in it.
So any constructive criticism is great, thanks!
What she looked like when she first started riding with us: