Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Cambridge, New Zealand
I always do the first 10hrs of lessons on the lunge, initially because the rider feels far more confident whenthey know that you have control of the horse. The rider can also work on their balance and understanding of how the horse is going to move them if they don't have to worry about control and stearing.
By the end of the ten lessons I have the rider happily rising to the trot, sitting and cantering without stirrups - I don't use stirrups when teaching canter! With no stirrups the rider is far better able to sit and feel the movement of canter and after 40+ years of teaching I haven't yet lost one!
I like my riders to learn to sit still first then apply the aids and then to be able to ride the lazy hard work horses. My school horses are free moving and obedient off the leg.