So for my lesson, my new trainer put me on an old school master with lot's of go. I'm really glad that's what she did as he isn't hard to ride, but then not so easy that you fall into automatic/passenger mode. He'd test me by slowing down, drifting to the side, but that was easily fixed with some leg and will power.
He was sweet overall, never did anything to make me nervous or feel that I might potentially find myself on the ground, and pretty much permitted me to concentrated on my position. He had a nice bouncy trot, was responsive to the leg, and (to my GREATEST JOY) kept a nice steady head that wasn't high up in the clouds, and so I was able to maintain a nice contact with him during my whole ride. It felt sooo good... gosh I love contact.
So for the first 5-10 min she just made me trot around and I was sort of wondering when she was going to say something aside from: change direction, walk, trot... you know, teach me something. I got worried for a moment there because while the trot was comfortable, I felt unbalanced and awkward. I felt as if the saddle through me into a chair position, and things are never great in such a state. Eventually she stopped me and pointed out to me what she saw. (Thank goodness I told myself, this was just to give her an idea of my riding, we haven't started yet silly me!
She showed me what was wrong with my position and how to place my legs and hips so that I kept it. (The angels from heaven started singing then and there... FINALLY, someone who tells me how
to keep my leg back and doesn't just keep repeating: put it back)! Yes I know
I have to bring it back, I can feel I'm off balance and that I'm in a bad position, but I can't keep it there! Then when I ask why am I struggling to do so? How do I fix it? I don't get an answer. Anyhow, sorry for the small rant.
So after she told me how to fix my position and I started trotting again, I finally felt in sync and balanced with the horse. It truly felt great and it was one of the best rides I've had in a long time. I can tell she understands what type of rider I am, and I believe she will be able to get my confidence back when it comes to jumping. We also did some cantering and when I walked, she took the time to ask me what I knew and teach me other things.
So, to conclude... I am happy. I found a down to earth, knowledgeable, open minded and decent trainer with a good selection of school horses to show me the ropes, and it's but 30 minutes and 25km from my house. Thank the Lord... I thought I was never going to find such a place.