I had a riding lesson on Wednesday and it was probably the best lesson I've ever had. I'm a beginner rider and the last few lessons I've been working on picking the correct diagonal while posting trot. I was proud of myself because I kept picking the correct one and only picked the wrong one a couple of times.
We were in an outdoor arena that had four small round pen type things in it. My instructor showed me a cloverleaf pattern and I trotted that for a little bit on the correct diagonal. Then I got to canter the pattern.
One of the things that I've always had to work on was my focus. I seem to look everywhere other than where I'm going. That's why we were doing this exercise. So I was cantering and coming down the center of the arena. I was supposed to turn left and go around one of the round pens but I wasn't focused and was just looking straight ahead. I was heading towards the entrance/exit; a big log. I tried to turn, but it was too late and the horse jumped the log.
I didn't come off and I managed to somehow dodge the horn. I cut my finger because I must've grabbed the horn or something. I also must've squeezed tight with my legs, because I have huge bruises along the insides of them.
So I got back in the arena and rode the pattern again. My riding instructor was on a horse blocking the exit, just incase the horse tried again. I tried turning left, but the horse decided to run into my riding instructors trying to get over the log again. So I tried again and made the left turn. Kept going over the pattern, and I have never felt so in control. The horse went exactly where I wanted him to go, because I was focused and gave him clear directions. Before I used to come into little arguments with the horse, because he wasn't going the way I wanted him to go.
I don't think I will ever be unfocused again. It scared the living daylights outta me. I learned from my mistake. Even though I had a roughy start, I feel that this lesson has taught me the most. I feel proud of myself.
What mistakes have you learned from? Have you ever had a lesson and at the end of it felt very proud of youself?