I went for my round pen lesson today, despite the fact that I feel like crapola!
At first I was a bit taken back because Dan's, the instructor, teaching style was a bit confusing to me. Honestly, I don't think I did very well because I had a hard time understanding what he wanted me to do.
Dan taught me how to get the horse moving, keep her moving, and turn her with just a lead rope in my hands. He made it look so easy and effortless, but once I got into the pen, wow. I almost fell over from being so darn dizzy!! There is a lot to think about when doing something like this. I had to focus on where I was in relation to the horse's body, my body gestures, and which hand I wanted to raise when wanting the horse to move, not only all of that, but I had to listen for the instructor's instructions! Oye Vey!
Over all I would say that I did pretty good. I made many mistakes, which resulted in the horse slipping and landing on her butt once (which I feel super bad about), the end result was having me in the round pen with just the horse, and Dan outside telling me what to do. At the end, the horse was completely calm, and even licking her lips! (some consider that a sign of submission??).
I felt pretty good after my lesson, and I feel that this is something I could benefit from in my riding career. Ideally I'd like to take 1 lesson a month coupled with my other riding lessons. So we'll see!