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    11-18-2008, 06:03 PM
What a Lesson!

What a lesson! Oh boy Oh boy!

It was the most amazing lesson of my all the lessons I took so far! Far Far better. I don't know if I became good or the new teacher was way too good for us.

Our actual teacher for some reason didn't come today so a covering teacher came.

The lesson started off straight with trotting and then cantering. It was so fast, switching between trotting to cantering then to Cantering to trotting. I mean we've never been taught like this before.
She kept correcting us and kept asking us to switch between trott and canter.

Additionally, It was the first time I've been told that you have to hold the reins before getting on to the horse and while getting off the horse. Can you imagine I have been going for past 5 months and never knew until today.
I didn't even know how to put the stirups up and how to untack the saddle (I hope I am using the right word here (un-tack)??) until today.

Our normal teacher does everything for us, she even correct our stirrups if they are not correct but today we had to do it ourselves.

I think our normal teacher started teaching us from beginning and that is why she is very gentle and calm with us, taking us slowly whereas this covering teacher didn't know us at all hence asked us to do all that. It was like she was pushing us to do more and more and more!!!

Addition to all this I was so good at the lesson that she asked me to lead the group! ....Initially I said "you made the wrong choice of making me lead" but then I realize I was wayyyyy too good!!! Hahaha

Anyhow I enjoyed today's lesson very much and I am sure in the next lesson we all going to ask our normal teacher to push us further to do more as we are fully capable of doing more (well specially after today's lesson)!!!

Beduoin sorry I totally forgot to ask about your question. The lesson went so fast I didn't even realize when it started and when it finished.

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    11-18-2008, 06:12 PM
Glad you had fun! Different teaching styles, you know... At least you know you can do it all now! :)
    11-18-2008, 08:39 PM
Sounds like an excellent lesson!

I'm very surprised to hear that you were not properly taught how to tack your horse and mount/dismount properly - especially after 5 months. Those should have been the very first things to learn.
    11-19-2008, 06:55 AM
Jehanzeb, nice to hear you had a good experience and that you learned so much more and some basics!
Next time be a little early and stand next to the person saddling the horse so you can watch and learn even more.
Please tell us your new experiences next week.
    11-19-2008, 07:17 AM
Thanks! I'll def be updating this section to keep you all updated.

To tell you the truth, I did use to ask questions at my early lessons but when I never had much of a response and things were done automatically for me, I stopped asking. However saying that since last night lesson it has brought those curiosities and excitement back!

Oh and if it was something to take photos of, it was of yesterday lesson, when I was like a shining star. A true General leading 10,000 people of army heading to conquer the world! Hahaha....sorry for getting into a dream land again!

    11-19-2008, 07:39 AM
Jeh, learning everything you can about horses, their care, breeding, grooming, health, tack, farrier, as well as riding - that is the difference between a rider and a horseman.

Learn everything you can.
    11-19-2008, 08:02 AM
I agree, though you really need to motivate a person who never has ridden before to learn allot more. I feel it is the same thing when if you start teaching a child how to hold a spoon, he'll learn, however if you do it yourself and feeding him all the time, he'll take it as granted and will never learn.

I guess my example is like that however it will change, I am sure about it.

Saying that sometimes schools/instructors might restrict you from advancing just because they want you to take their "separate" courses. Perhaps that could be another possibility?, though I am not saying it is the case.

It's like learning how to drive, usually driving instructors say "you need 20/30 lessons" even though they find that you can pick up quick.They'll still insist you to take extra lessons.

I am not saying it is the case all the time but things like these do happen.

It's really hard initially (in general terms) to distinguish if the instructor/trainer/teacher etc is trying to teach you or trying to get more money out of you. If you know what I mean.

Though saying all that, I am def going to learn allot more very soon as I am willing to do so.

    11-20-2008, 01:57 PM
Even my daughters, who are 5 and 6, have to tack their horses where we take lessons. Sometimes they're faster than me! Of course, pony tack is light! :)

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