So today I had my first official lesson. Back when I was younger my parents wouldn't pay for riding lessons, instead they put me in dance. They didn't want to fuel the passion I had for horses because to them it was a waste @@.
When I started riding at a friend's house she would tell me how her instructor told her how to ride. I would sit and watch some of the lessons, too.
The instructor told her to grip with her knees and thighs. In the lesson I had today I was told to relax in the saddle. Now I feel all dumb because for nearly 10 years I have been riding wrong.
It really sucks to just now start taking lessons because I could already be past all this new stuff and ready to learn the harder things. It also sucks because all the horses that I've had and got them to ride the way I wanted, I taught wrong.
The good news is that it was a good lesson, I learned a lot and she said I'm catching on quickly. I want to be ready to show in the spring time....
Has anyone else been taught one way of riding only to be told it was the wrong way?