I did some lessons for a friend. No confidence, terrible posture, etc. Never rode before in her life kinda deal
Instead of saying "You need to sit up more, heels down, deepen your seat, etc." I made it exciting
like riding this slow-poke mare was the most amazing thing on earth to happen, ever
I talked to her near constantly, I'd call out things like: "Thats EXCELLENT Stacy (I just pulled that out of nowhere)! Your doing FANTASTIC! Let me see those heels down (be all: you goose, don't forget!)! Good good! I'm liking that! Little looser on the reins...perfect! Don't be afraid to let go of the horn, just tuck that tush on down into that saddle! Perfect, absolutely great! I love it! And relax
! Nothing better then relaxing, absolutely perfect!"
In between I'd have her stop (her hands or seat was wrong, leaning to the left, etc.) and I'd explain what I want to see more clearly. I'd go, "I'm really liking the connection I'm seeing, really feel the horse. Now, I'd like to see those thumbs up on the reins, makes your cues a lot quicker./Try to relax a bit more, your doing wonderful, but if you get to excited -grin- your horse is going to get excited to./I want you to try and act really pompus in the saddle, sit up like a Spanish/English/Whatevercomestomind King/Queen and pretend like your riding past your royal servants. Really snuggle that tush right into the seat and stick your nose in the air!"
I would throw out those little reminders in between "Your doing great!" or "Thats fantastic! I'm really liking that!" and say something like, "Just a smidgen lower with those hands! AWESOME! That's great! Keep it up, your doing wonderful!". If they do something right, praise it, be "I'm LOVING your hands/seat/posture"
The things beginners need the MOST is confidence and inspiration. Especially the youngsters. Don't inflate their ego, but get them excited about being on that horse! I took riding lessons for a year
and I didn't have the confidence or balance to do so much as canter! Then I got an instructor who got me pumped up about it....all of a sudden that canter wasn't scary, but wonderful!
If you make it fun, really make them feel like this is the greatest thing ever, you can get more serious. You can be, "Alright, today where going to some really boring stuff, alright? Like...seriously boring
. We're going to ride without stirrups at a walk and trot, no big deal am I right? I'm really loving how your hands and posture have been looking, so we're going to put some more oopf behind it. This stuff is excellent oopf material. Mix it up a bit, you know? Alright! Lets get started, just take him around with stirrups, get warmed up, get loose, relax!"
Get pumped up and you bet your students will get pumped too
My friend always dismounted with a such a glow, you would have thought she just won an Olympic Gold Medal. She loved
it, and she improved REALLY quick!