My First Lesson
So I had my first lesson tonight, and a ton more firsts that went along with it! I wore breeches for the first time. I trotted for the first time. I posted for the first time. So all in all it was a great first night.
We got there and had no idea what to do. So we asked a few of the girls, and a couple of them helped us out. We found out who our teacher was, I'm sure it was Kate. My tired brain is not working so well. We found out that the payment needed to go into a box. So Nicky decided she had to get cash right then. She left me there after asking if I would tack her horse. Ok. I had help, I wanted to make sure I did this their way. We tacked up Sky, then stood around until 8 waiting. My horse was in class already, so we didn't have to worry about her. My horse was Breeze.
The 7 o'clock class came out and so we went in with Sky, and Nicky was nowhere to be seen. I knew she didn't desert me, so I just started class. I assured the now perturbed teacher that Nicky was coming. She finally showed up, having to drive back to civilization to find an atm and envelopes. She got there, and found her horse, who had been taken back and was starting to get untacked. She eventually joined us in class.
It was a small class, only three riders total. Which is nice. Enough so I don't feel alone in a group, or being the whole focus of the teacher. I learned how to convince Breeze to move forward, although she knew I was green. So once again I had a battle of wills with a horse. But it all worked out, and we got along quite well near the end. I practiced posting while walking, which was odd. The paces were not quite fast enough to post every other one. But once I was told to trot, I got it a few paces in. I even figured out how to post on certain leads, but I have to look at the shoulder first. Nicky was doing great, she looked like she remembered her childhood lessons. Although she was tending to scooch her butt trying to get Sky to move forward. She mentioned on the ride home she knew it was wrong, but she couldnt help herself.
I got the whole idea of putting my weight in my heels. Kate explained it as, if the horse were to disapear I would not fall but just stand there. I could feel it easier after that. I still have a bit of trouble relaxing though.
Overall, it was a great lesson and I learned tons! It was much better then my "first" lesson at CARD. I think the teachers methods just that different (which they are) and I mesh better with Kate then with Kelly. I'm excited about next week!