If they think you're being ridiculous, obviously they've never been in a situation where they have lost their confidence. I was even nervous LOOKING at a horse. I know, and others on here certainly know, what it feels like.
I can't wait either, I want to hear of all your progress! Maybe tape your sessions then review them at the end of the day? Figure out when you could have corrected better, what you should have done, what was good, etc. ??
Best of luck, I'm rootin' for ya!
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"