Cinny recently had a bad accident and will take some time to heal so in the meantime my new trainer has allowed me the use of her OTTB we will call "Baby." He has been out of work for a while as he isn't quite for the beginner students and the more advanced students have their own horses and my trainer is recovering from an injury and hasn't been able to ride for months. This is a really great opportunity for me that I very much look forward to.
I rode him for the first time yesterday to get to know him and it wasn't very fun. He is so opposite Cinny, I have to work HARD to keep him forward, his head was so low he was practically peanut rolling and turned like a bus. I felt very self concious because I know Trainer is very picky about her "baby," like I am with Cinny and was afraid I would do something wrong, hold his reins too tight, etc. On the way home I thought "wow, this is really going to be a challenge, but one I think I can conquer."
Today I had my first lesson on him. Trainer told me to just ride him as if he were my horse, with my rules and my expectations and she would observe and make a list of the things to fix. So, I did...I picked up his head more and didn't let him get lazy on the fore. I did my figure 8's at a sitting then rising trot and then she had me do some patterns. I had a fun ride this time and found it slowly becoming easier to move Baby forward. While I was riding she had me tell her any judges comments I could remember, and tomorrow I will bring her my score cards to read in case I forgot some. She just kept writing.
When we were done she said "Well, I can tell you that when you post, your diagnals are SPOT ON." The was pretty much it for the good LOL. But everything she pointed out I already knew were wrong.....the nice part is that instead of just listing what was wrong she would tell me what was wrong in whatever element I was doing, what was wrong about it and what I am doing to cause it, and how we are going to correct it.
It was an awesome lesson, and a great day. I still could honestly say I dislike riding this horse (he's more work to ride) BUT at the same time I LOVE it because I know I am going to be learning so much from him and in time will grow to love riding him.