I had my first real riding lesson tonight on my daughter's horse. Since she is away at camp, instead of canceling her lessons, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
I have ridden horses off and on during my life, but I've had no formal training. I now have a deep appreciation for real riders and my 10 year old's skill. It's easy to stand on the ground and yell corrections, but now that I've actually tried to DO all the things I've been yelling at her (heels down, legs back, sit back, hands down, keep your legs on the horse, shoulders back, etc.) I realize how HARD it is. My muscles are screaming at me. I also realize what a passive rider I was.
It's easy to ride a dead broke school horse on a simple trail or in a parade. But Acey is NOT a dead broke horse. She demands her rider give clear instruction. When you do, she is amazing. When you don't, she's a complete and total brat (with pinned ears).
The instructor ended up putting me on a lead line so I could just focus on my position in the saddle. She says she saw lots of improvement from the start of our lesson to the end of the hour.
I hope I can find the time/money to take a few more lessons. While I understand the "theory" of good riding, I would like more opportunities to practice it with an instructor.
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