Another private lesson yesterday which saw me trotting round barrels again - but as they say practice makes perfect
The owner of the stables watched again and I was being told to put the weight into my heels - I said there was no weight from my knee downwards so really didn't need the bottom half of my leg
(too many things to think of at once haha) so she came into the lesson and pushed and poked me until I was sitting as I should have been and had been for the first couple of lessons until I started to slouch and got lazy) and it certainly made a difference. From the sidelines, as my instructor told me what to do, the owner would shout "KNEES", "BOTTOM" - to remind me to keep my position and it made a difference in my balance but must have been a sight to see from the sidelines - luckily i'm not self-consious - i'm having far too much fun to be bothered what people think!
Today I had another group lesson and took my youngest son along. He's rode before but never had proper lessons and was somewhat reluctant! Until he got on a horse! He had an instructor at his side on the ground for the lesson as i'd asked them to start him as a beginner and teach him the correct way to do everything - by the end of the lesson he was trotting around barrels (minus the instructor) and the next time he goes, wants a different horse as his wasn't able to trot over the poles as is prone to lameness and he WANT'S to trot over the poles! He was told to hold onto the front of the saddle while he trotted and after a couple of rounds, asked if he had to as he didn't want to hold on. He's now hooked
but to be honest, he'll be overtaking me soon as he's a natural
and I can't wait. #proudmum
I haven't cantered since last week - i'm happy to concentrate on my trotting for a while longer, but I am finding it easier to get the horse going, keep her in trot (she's not the lazy horse you'd think as long as I give her the right signals) and steer - I don't feel i'm having to run over everything in my head as much so it must be sinking in.
We're on holiday for a few weeks now so i'll be missing a couple of weeks of lessons, so as much as i'm looking forward to a break, i'll be glad to get back to my riding