Wow! I just got back from my lesson on Dakota!
I was running kind of late so this girl S (again using initials to hide real names) helped me get tacked up in time. I went out to the ring and got on and while I was adjusting my stirrups, Dakota started walking off. I decided to let him walk while I fixed my stirrups. Then he started to put his head down and I tried to get him to stop but he kept tossing his head so I figured he just wanted to itch his nose on his leg. I stopped pulling on his mouth and got back to my stirrups.
What happened next all seemed to be in slow motion.
First I felt a sort of forward and downward motion and at first I just thought Dakota was lowering his head so I didn't do anything. The next thing I know, I'm looking down and there's the ground, right below my feet, and it suddenly occurs to me that Dakota is down on his knees. The first thought that ran through my mind was CRAP. He's going to roll.
At that moment everything sped up and I knew I needed to get off before he decided to roll. I don't remember kicking my feet out of the stirrups or anything. I just remember stepping off just before Dakota went down on his side. I stepped back and he rolled with his tack on and everything. It kinda freaked me out because I was a second away from being crushed.
A second later Dakota's getting up and S (who was watching) runs into the ring saying "Grab his reins, grab his reins!" She sounded worried. I got Dakota's reins and she came up to me and she was all like "Omg are you okay?" She thought he laid down on my leg, but he didn't. Shortly after I got back on and the lesson began.
Dakota kept freaking out at the randomest things while we trotted. He bucked here and there, tossed his head a lot, and shied away from the monsters hiding in the walls.
Then we cantered. It was amazing... the first time I asked, he cantered! Of course, we only made it halfway around the ring before he stopped and bucked again, but I was able to keep him cantering longer than in my last lesson. When we changed directions though we kind of fell apart. It was just a mess... bucking and head tossing, etc. He kept putting his head waay down by his hooves down one end of the ring and when I tried to get his head up, he trotted. >.<
After that, we jumped. We started with this ridiculously tight rollback. The first time, Dakota ran out (see video below). After that he was really good. Each time we went we added a few jumps until we were practicing a full course. The course was really exciting, full of sharp turns and stuff.
Overall the lesson was tons of fun! With my old instructor we only did lines. With my new instructor I am learning a lot more about how to bend around the corners at the canter and jump more challenging and interesting courses. I haven't gotten up the courage to say anything to the other riders in my lesson (there are 2 others) but I like S. She was really interested in helping me out with getting tacked up and she made sure I knew where everything was and how to do everything. She's older than me but doesn't treat me like some beginner. She's really cool and I hope to get to know her better as well as get to know the others in my lesson!
This is the video from my lesson!! Sorry there's only cantering and one blooper (a run-out) and some pics, my camera died halfway through the lesson.
If it's hard to see the cantering (youtube killed my effects) I'll have a plain clip coming soon that I'll post in here and on the critique board.