Originally Posted by tinyliny
MY question is if that was only your second lesson, with cantering on your first, and over ground poles, . . How long have you been riding , period?
If you are new to riding in general, that is WAY WAY WAY too much to throw at a beginner. That instructor has no common sense and sounds like someone who will put you in a place where you might end up hurt.
Is that how you want to learn to ride?
Well said, Tiny. The only thing I would add would be that a lesson horse for a beginning rider should NEVER buck, no matter how timid the rider.
Find a new instructor. That being said, you will have disagreements or misunderstandings with any instructor. You can learn SOMETHING from every instructor, but don't be too quick to switch. I just think her snotty attitude in your tacking up, coupled with a lesson horse that tried to buck you off AND pushing you too hard in your first lesson (in my opinion) all add up to a situation that won't be as pleasant or beneficial as it could be. Like someone said, there are too many good instructors to stick with a bad one. I think a good instructor should push you out of your comfort zone as long as they have given you a good foundation.