luvmyperch, the thing is-my dad isn't the one paying for it, I am.
I'm taking what he has into consideration because he might be the one paying for me to lease a horse for 4H next year, so I thought I might as well hear him out on it. I've been thinking about lessons for the past 2-3 months or so, and decided that I might as well get other opinions, as mine are probably a bit cloudy since I go there once/twice a week.
I don't normally argue with anyone more than 5 years older than me (unless they're related or a guy), so what I actually meant was more like..well, I don't know. But not really disrespectful argueing, but still argueing about something I don't feel comfortable doing to the horse.
I admit, I have a hard time holding my tongue when I feel someone is mistreating anything, animal or human. The only reason I haven't brought up how she treats her horses, is because that's the only place that I could board within an hour from me when/if I do get my own horse.
Delfina and just sambam08, I don't think I explained the thing about my heels/leg position well. >.< I apologize.
I see completely where you're coming from, and that's mainly what I do..
And I have finally gotten the memory muscle stuff down this past 6 months.
What I meant about my heels/leg position is:
She'll end up watching me, and as soon as I move them to stretch my knee or ankle (because my knee gets sore and my ankles are pretty much horrid from a few falls and such, not horse related) she hollers at me about it and doesn't give me time to let them go back after I finish stretching them and such.
Also..I've been told by other people that ride (who don't go to her/know her) that I'm a pretty good rider compared to who they usually see trying to pass off as skill/ability. I mean, I'm not normally an arrogant/outspoken person, especially with something that no one can know every, single thing about. I know that I have a whole lot to learn about horses and riding, but I don't think I'm as inexperienced as she thinks.
I'm not sure how to bring this up to her without offending her either..
The only time she sees me ride is on a 4.5 yr old that acts as if he's a 12 yr old with all the same training and on a 12 yr old that has small issues, that don't bother to do anything really.
I'm pretty sure the only time she saw me ride a horse that normally has problems was on my first trail ride there (because she didn't have another horse for me to ride) and it didn't make a matter that I kept her calm, because she was just being a good girl that day, even though she had been hyper in her stall before I brought her out to get tacked..I mean, shouldn't I have gotten atleast a bit of credit, coz it's not everyday that a horse goes straight from hyper, to a whole lot calmer after I warmed her up and stood her a little before we went out.. I'm not saying that I made her perfectly calm, but I know that it wasn't just that she all of a sudden got really calm. ;-;
I feel like I'm being arrogant..but I'm really not trying to be. >.<