There is a woman at my barn, a friend of a lady who's horse I've been working. She and her son just bought their first horse -_- ...yup. Her son knows the essentials of I've been on a few trail rides. She knows nothing. Here's what makes it worse, she's afraid of hurting the horses feelings. So after I get through her head that she can NOT let her 1100lb animal pull her around and tell her what to do(which thankfully she doesn't..yet)
She's nervous under saddle. I didn't see her first time on but I was told she was stiff as a board. I've thought about putting her on my gelding who I've used before with her friend(who was stiff so I made her get on bareback to better feel the movement and relax her legs because she was gripoing fir dear life with her calves which my boy read as faster, but she pulled back so he was getting agitated but bless him he behaved)
I'd rather avoid using my boy though Because a. He's my personal baby I don't like the idea of him becoming the lesson horse b. I want her to gain confidence in HER horse not "that horse was nice but I'm still afraid of mine"
So what do you think? Tips? The first lesson I ever had back 11 years ago I was on a lunge line. What do you think about that? Attatching a set of reins to the halter so we cab establish hands on a line. I was thinking she might be a little more comfortable with the mentality that someone has hold of the horse and is in control of her. I just want her to establish sitting up legs and hands as well as FEEL a trot so she isnt surprised if her mare picks it up.
Her horse is a 10 year old AQHA lazy as sin. If you really know what to do you can get her to trot and canter for days but a beginner has trouble keeper her above a walk which is fine IMO.
I figure ultimately I'll let her decide if she wants to be on a line. I've also thought about taking pictures to show her later how she could improve. And so weeks later she can see her progress and feel accomplished. After her lesson I would get on and sort out any bad behaviors that were allowed such as not staying on the rail etc. I've also thought about getting my gelding down and having him stand nearby so I can if need be show by example what I mean.
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