My daughter had her very first lesson today. I'm glad it wasn't me teaching her. I was there for encouragement and after she grew confident with the instructor, she started responding better and speaking up.
The instructor, who started me out when I was younger (and she still looks like she's 29!) introduced her to the horse, showed her the halter and how to put it on (and even had her help), showed her how to lead and brush and helped her tack up. She had my daughter help with the western knot.
Showing her how to lead
And then brush
Learning the knot
At this time, I ran off to go grab Raina from the field. I GOT MY SADDLE TODAY! Woohoo! And I wanted to see how it fit. It fit her perfectly! And it didn't crunch me up against the back of the cantle, which helped my tailbone a lot! Anyways, I rode Raina out into the arena and my daughter got a huge kick out of riding with mommy.
She was steering between the cones by the end of the ride and had such a good time. I came in with Raina and just walked around with her. My daughter's horse ended up following her for a bit (which she just loved, following mommy on a horse) and then she steered her away. At the end of the lesson, she backed her horse up when asked and shown and then dismounted and helped put KitKat (her lesson horse) away.
I think I'm in love with KitKat She took care of my little one, and the instructor was very thorough and careful. Next week, we are going to put her on a horse named Sweets...one of the horses I learned on (she's so old!) and that will be a great thing for me to watch.
I'm so proud of my little girl. She had a ball and really picked up on things very fast. She was out like a light on the way home though
The BO (my first instructor and now my girl's instructor) told me the saddle I had looked big. I told her it was a 16 inch. I also told her about the problems I've been having with my tailbone and how the flat seat and the extra room really helped with the pain. I walked/trotted and cantered Raina (at the end of the lesson) and it felt amazing. I still have some discomfort, but I'm not in so much pain anymore. It was a great day!