Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
My lesson went AMAZING!!!!! We rode for two hours in the arena!
My saddle fit Bud (the gelding I rode), but my cinch didn't, and they couldn't figure out the new Smart Cinch they had, so she put her Circle A barrel saddle on him for me. It is a 16" and, other than the right stirrup not being turned right, was incredibly comfortable. She had me mount up and let me walk around the arena on Bud for about fifteen minutes while she saddled up her appy mare, Luna. She came into the arena, mounted up, and we started the actual lesson. I loved that she rode with me, because she was able to show me exactly what she was asking me to so, which helped a TON. We did small circles at the corners, clover leafs (to work on me looking up), we walked over poles, and we even worked on asking for a sidepass. It was awesome because not only was she teaching me, she was teaching me how to teach the same things to Aires.
I loved that she was very positive, even when I got something a little wrong. She would say "That was good. Now we're going to do it again and this time I want you to ___________." When I got Bud to sidepass well to the left, I said something like "He was much better going that way." Jean said "Maybe that's because you did it better that time!" (She said it in a positive way, not condescending).
After we got done in the arena (she let me dictate the length of the lesson), we went on a little "trail ride" around their two acres. After we untacked and groomed the horses, we sat around chatting for a good 45 minutes. She wants me to come show halter with her at the next local show and she said they'd come pick me and Aires up to go on trail rides.
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