So there are a few issues I've been having with my horsemanship class (for school) and I'm not really sure what to do about it.
The class is definitely geared towards beginning beginners so I can understand why some of this stuff is happening but I kinda feel that if I'm beyond that level I should be allowed to do it my way and not stick with the classes level if I'm beyond it, yknow?
For instance: when they have us hold the reins (neckreining) one of the helpers is always hollering at people to keep their thumbs in the air like they are hitchhiking because people are always ending up with their hands sideways and having the thumb up helps them remember. Well I don't have that problem yet this girl is always yelling at me to stick my thumb up in the air even though my fist is perfectly placed and my thumb is on top, just not "in the air". The real teacher has seen me ride, has complimented me quite a lot and has never said anything to me about my lack of hitchhiker thumb. Should I ignore this girl since the real teacher has no problem with my thumb or should I respect her and do it anyway? I don't want to create a bad habit but at the same time I don't want her to encourage the teacher to give me a bad grade because a bad attitude I don't have or something...
The other thing is that when we're turning this girl, who is not the real teacher, wants me to bump with my outside leg through the turn instead of using continual pressure like I always do. I was taught to use continual pressure originally and that is what works the best for me but again, I don't want this girl docking me points because of it.
The other thing about this girl is that she's one of those bossy types (I totally am this way too, to a lesser degree, when I'm teaching so I get it) who think that everyone should be cookiecutter in their learning and that she knows more than everyone (I like to think that I'm more open to other options but I've never taught myself, haha) even if she doesn't. So I really don't want her hurting my grade because she thinks I'm a smarty pants (which I've totally tried not to be, I mean I talk about Lacey and my expierences but I don't question this girls authority, I just don't do some of the stuff she tells me to..). And I don't want to be ignoring her orders just because I'm really rubbed the wrong way by her, I mean I'm trying super hard not to let her get to me but I want to make sure that I'm right or atleast marginally right in not following her every command...
Sorry this is so long! My goodness. Haha