Riding class? Why are you driving 5 hours to go to lessons? Don't you have any instructors closer?
Your lesson sounds like fun to me, although I definitely wouldn't ride a 2 year old like your sister did, let alone for 2 hours work of lessons.
I guess I am confused about the whole situation.
However, we had missed a class and the teacher asked us to stay behind. I had thought we would just be expected to work at practicing what we've been working on, and I had planned to go at a slow pace, with lots of breaks. Because not only is my paint young, but I also don't want to overheat her brain and I want her to have time to process what she learns.
I did not expect us to participate in the next class. He told us we would have to do spins and rollbacks, and then he rode away. Without even telling us what steps he wanted us to do to teach our horses these, in 20 minutes by the way.
I have been working with my paint on her repsonses, so she listens to me, and I had memorized the pattern, which is why we did the pattern perfectly. I did however ask her to lope, and after I realized how tired she was, I trotted the rest. Which I was told I should have loped it. I smiled and said 'okay'
I see some people say to loosen up and have fun, but this was not a time when you should loosen up. This was a bad combination: tired horses, new information/moves, lack of explanation of execution,
But I do agree with you, that had I loped her, it would have been bad for my paint. As it is i'm not happy about having her trot the pattern. And I will not be putting her back into a situation like this again. and as it is, I have lost a big chuck of respect I had for this teacher.
The only reason my paint lasted as long as she did, is because i do not rider her during the week. And she didn't need very much practice in the previous class because she's pretty much got it down :)
But no, never again will she be put into something like this. And if the teacher asks to have me stay late again I will straight out say 'no, my horse has worked today, she is young, and I repsect her more than that, to push her to towards the put of breaking." and then i'll walk away to my trailer, pack up, load up, and leave.
[nothing here is said in an aggressive way, some strong feelings when comes to what happened, but i'm not trying to attack anyone. Bolding is to emphasize my points :) ]