Well..I've had my first lesson for her on Dude (who I'd be leasing if I did a horse project for 4H). Dude is a western pleasure horse (or he was trained to do so, as well as carting) and BO is trying to change him over into a gaming horse. Dude's a 16.1 hh (or so) Belgium/Breton cross (one or the other, coz I'm pretty sure he's not just pure).
I've come to notice, after my dad talked to her, that she did think I was a next to crap rider. ;-; But-she realized that I'm much better than she actually thought. This here, was the main thing that bothered me. She had normally made it apparent that she thought I rode like crap, but she was much nicer while I was on Dude today, as well as more helpful.
She's giving me free lessons on Dude all this next week, since neither of us have been to a show, let alone in one, and he's gotten bad habits from Brent, and not being ridden more than once every two weeks or so.
My legs are about 4" too far back when I'm riding Dude, and about 10" when I get nervous when he rears or such. I have a good leg position and seat when I'm on a..thinner horse, so you could say.
But anywho-what went on in the lesson, and I think that I do plan on taking lessons from her, as well as maybe one from another barn for just barrels/poles/stakes specifically once a month.
So I brushed him (before BO got home) and I bridled him and put him in the cross ties after she got there and wanted to get started because she had an actual lesson in a half hour (they ended up being late) so she could work with me some, and then I could go up to the outdoor when he was..better and I felt comfortable on him.
We got him all tacked up, fixed my stirrups and got to riding. I started in larger circles around the indoor (mind-it's a small indoor, probably on 45' wide, 70' long or so) and he was horrible. Shying from the gate to go outside, sidestepping, tossing his head, and he reared (not straight up) twice. Mendi got on him and "dealt" with him and made him to whatever he wasn't doing for me. He almost flipped over on her once, and reared straight up another time, but back down quick. >.o which made me nervous, because I've never had to do an emergency dismount off a rear. ;-;
So..she calmed him back down after a little bit and I got back on. She then told me that he had just started on his leg yields. ;-; So we worked on that with only rein to enforce it after push, kick, then rein. He settled down a bit, listened an then we headed up to the outdoor.
I rode him around in some circles (about 25') and then walked him around the fence of the outdoor, he gave a bit of trouble about wanting to go back down to the indoor, but then I got him walking around the outside of the round pen (about 40') both directions. He had nice response to the leg yields, only had to use reins twice when Drew brought Soxx cantering up. ;-;
I took him back down and tied him in the indoor while I got my phone, because I had to text/call my dad to find out how long I had left..and mounted up again, no problem. He didn't sidestep into me, back, or try to move without being told.
I worked him in the round pen a little, so that I could work on his trot, and my seat during it (since I couldn't post with the stirrup length, Ima have them shortened another hole on monday) so I could manage to sit it, which I've never even tried to do, because it hurts. ;-; He has one of the roughest trots, but his lope is really smooth.
I came back down to the other end where the hill to go back down to the indoor/barn was at a trot, then walked him nicely down the hill. didn't even put up another fight to rush down and into the barn. He did run up Poco's ass, so I backed him without a fight to. BO complimented me on how I was getting him to respond nicely. And my dad told me about how she told him that I was much better than she thought I was.
So..I untacked him, brushed his girth line a bit so it could air out, gave him some kisses and went down to get the scoops filled for the horses down in the run-in.
But..I think that I will take lessons from her, especially because I felt as if I accomplished somethings yesterday, she admitted I was better than she had been thinking and talking about, and the least important reason-I get them for free if they're on Dude, since I'll be taking him to his first show next satuday, and he doesn't know what he's doing, but I should be.
And thanks for all the replies, I appriciate all the views and opinions.