Originally Posted by Sahara
I can see when it 'could' be beneficial for a riding instructor to ride a student's horse. However, I will also add that perhaps the rider would benefit from riding a horse that can perform the maneuvers that the rider would like to apply to her green horse. The rider needs a solid foundation to build from as well. I think in Cinny's situation both the rider and the horse have holes in their training and those holes need to be filled before they can ever move forward. I don't know how having the instructor rider her horse will benefit anyone in this particular case.
IMO the rider needs to be focusing on her own position right now, and not what the horse's head is doing, etc.. Without a feel, a solid position and a basic understanding of how the rider affects the horse biomechanically (through feel), it will be impossible for the rider to affect the horse positively. The rider first has to focus on getting herself to a level where she can ride in a balanced way with an effective position before she even begins to worry about the horse. In the same way the horse first must understand a balanced and feeling aid. Without having the rider up to a certain level of correctness, the horse is never going to progress or become better. We cannot just focus on the horse, blame the horse, say the horse needs to improve, etc.. until the rider is able to ride quietly and in balance with a good feel.
I don't think that someone getting on the horse for 10 minutes is going to help any rider correct her position, balance or feel as those are things which must be done with the rider in the saddle.