Amy has cantered four circles around the arena and even cantered through a figure eight. She's doing so well! She can do four turns on the haunches (I see reining in her future!) and the same with forehand turns. She sidepasses beautifully and is impressing everyone....still
The "Screamer" (Her name is Kyra) I have been making dismount whenever she does scream, and has loped a few circles on the lunge. She is having trouble with forehand turns but is getting haunch turns rather well. Sidepassing is decent too. She ahs started to realize that posting is a good option for her horses trot.
The one who ignores me (Tanya) has been removed from the lesson and replaced with another girl (Mandy) who is very much like Amy, which is making me feel better.
The last one (Kayla) has started listening to my instructions a little bit more. She's almost mastered the lope on the lunge but seems scared to lope on her own. She handles walking and trotting realy well and haunch turns really well, forehand turns, but is having trouble cueing the sidepass correctly.
I want to switch out two horses.
Amy needs something more advanced. She is currently riding Chopper, an older roan arabian gelding who has all the buttons but is incredibly push-button. No challenge. I want her to ride Lyra, a ten year old QH mare who would provide more of a challenge for her. She's sweet, gentle, knows everything, but she's more responsive. Switch, or no switch?
The second is one for Kayla. Her horse is starting to have a problem lopng on the right lead, and even though I'm not worried about leads yet I'm worried about his soundness. He limps on that lead terrible bad. I rode him last lesson and he nearly fell under my weight. He's so strong on the left lead, but once he gets on that other lead he just completely crumbles. I'm getting a vet to the barn to have a look at him, because the last time I saw something like that the hip with actually deteriorating. I am definately switching her, but the problem is there is no acceptable horse for her to ride that isn't already being ridden too much during the day.
I'm thinking I will move Amy onto Lyra and give Chopper to Kayla. But they are both so attached to those horses.....I'll have to make Toni tell them, 'cause I am a sucker for those tears and I couldn't handle watching them cry over their horses.
Sound good? Hehe