Anywhoo... I've been reading some of the journals here and decided to have one about my weekly riding lessons :)
I've never had a journal or anything , so I'm sorry if it's boring/bad/etc.
My riding lessons started yesterday after not having them for the WHOLE summer holiday (2.5 months).
The horse I rode was Salīs Surprise. It was my first time riding her and had a lot of fun.
At the beginning of the lesson my instructor told me that she needs to be woke up and that she needs strong aids/signals but she listened to me quit well :) She was really forward going and listened to very light signals and to my seat, so I was very happy! I only tapped her lightly with my crop at the beginning of the lesson so that she knew I had it. She is also hard to get on the bit but I managed it towards the end of the lesson. The only thing I didn't like was that she had a very bouncy trot which was hard to sit to with jumping stirrups.
We didn't jump but worked a lot on our 2-point and did some pole work.
First we trotted over 6 poles with long stirrups. First a set of three, a little gap, and another set of three like this:
(The brown lines are the poles and the orange dots are cones)
And then we did the same thing except that we had to slow down to a walk after the first set of poles and before the cones, and the go back into a trot before the next set of poles.
Next the instructor changed the poles while we had to shorten our stirrups into jumping stirrups. She divided us into 2 circles and had the poles like this:
We first trotted them, while getting used to the shorter stirrups and then cantered them in 2-point.
We also worked a lot on walk,halt,walk,halt and halt,trot,halt,trot using our seats and legs and with as little reins as possible.
There were only 5 riders which was awesome and I had a great time.
Too bad I didn't get any side shots of her, because she has ADORABLE white spots all over her body ( Can be seen in the last stall pic on her neck) I also got a few video clips but my camera sucks and they aren't too good.
+ My shirt kept rising xD
Next week we are going to start jumping!