Originally Posted by Oberon
Am I just being paranoid? Or is this really a training method? Help!
You aren't being paranoid at all. It may be her training method but it's certainly a poor one. I wouldn't let her on a horse of mine and quite frankly I wouldn't allow behavior like that from a student (even a beginner child!) let alone someone claiming to be a trainer.
Honestly, I'd stick with your plan to steer clear. There's certainly nothing good that can come from hands like that.