Same horse, Breeze; different instructor, Jen. I liked Jen, she's cool. Easy to talk to, made me less nervous about the whole thing, and trotting is driving me insane. I'm just confused about the whole thing.
When I got there I was still a bit confused about what to do, since people like to do everything for me. Really not the way to learn. But I do know how to tack up a horse, I swear. I just....forgot I think it was the girl who assumed I knew nothing. She was maybe 10. I'm not a big fan of children, especially unrelated ones. So I wasnt rude, but I didnt want to do something wrong just so this very impaient 10 yr old kid could tell me off.
Then she slapped my horse. I understand I only met this horse once before, and in no way am I experienced in horse training. But last week she was nipping at me when I was brushing a certain spot, so I put my finger beside her cheek and everytime she turned her head she'd poke herself. I just held my finger there. Two or three times and she stopped. I see no point for slapping a horse when something like that works.
Ok, so anyhow, the rest of my lesson was ok. When Jen told us to do a posting trot, we did and I grabbed Breezes mane to help keep me off her reins. Jen says to stop, "You have great balance, let go of her mane". Yeah, sugar me up Haha, I let go and did lean on the reins a bit at first. But got the hang of it. I never thought I had great balance, so this was cool.
Oh! And my reading paid off. She asked what an aid is (are you kidding?). I feel like such a giidy kid who the teacher gave a gold star to, but she called it her Superstar answer (I am 21, no longer a child, but this made me so proud). My answer was "How we communicate to the horse."
I posted about my trot issues. I just don't get it. I will, and plan on upgrading to a few privates to help me along. Hopefully Jen can be my instructor.
My friend Nicky, who drives me, and was in last weeks class, she opted out. She decided she wasnt into riding, she had her fill of it as a teen. But she took a picture of Breeze and I after class and a couple of (very short) videos. Next week she is going to record some more.
Anyhow, it wasn't the great success as last time but it was good.