There is NOTHING more infuriating as a coach, than a student that can't deal with being given instruction on something they don't want to do. Sorry sweet heart, but that's what riding is about unless you are happy to plod trails all day.
I have been chased with lunge whips, screamed at, called useless many many times, been worked until I've passed out, made to get off my horse and spend the whole lessons doing fitness exercises because my core wasn't good enough... need I say more?
You don't go to lessons, to have sunshine and rainbows pushed up your backside by someone who is a worse rider than you. You go to lessons, and pay good money, to have someone pick apart your riding and fix what you are doing wrong.
Sure, I want to go to a lesson and ride piaffe, passage and pirouettes - because they're 'fun'... but I can't do that, until my horse has got the basics down 110%. And if I find that process boring, then, I am definitely in the wrong sport and should probably take up knitting. Riding horses is hard - there is nothing easy about it at all. If you want to get anywhere, you HAVE to work hard and you might not like some of the journey, but that is where the true horse people get split from the rest of the crowd.
Obviously, if this coach is not wanting to get you jumping just yet, there is a reason for it. Now I suggest that you discard the holier than thou act, swallow your pride, and listen to what this coach has to say. You may well be surprised and find that your riding improves out of sight.
Well said. I had a lesson today, I wanted to get Reeco cantering. My coach says Reeco is not ready for it yet and we spent the entire lesson in trot (for an hour) working on getting his hind leg further under him, getting him to bend correctly on the right rein (he is bending perfectly well on the left but goes crooked on the right rather then bend properly) and working on my position (got told it was crap, and actualy I agree).
Lessons are HARD work and you dont always get to do what you want. After my lesson you could litteraly wring out my Tshirt, I was bright red in the face and my right leg is so tired that my scyatica is sending shooting pains down my right leg. But we achieved something today and my pony is far better for it and I am a far better rider for it.
my instructor is a far far better rider that I will ever be, she is classicly trained and spent many years at the Spanish riding school learning from the best of the best. Her experiance shows with every word that comes out of her mouth and that is why i pay her silly amounts of money to totaly exhaust me and to leave me in physical pain!