I quickly realized I wasn't learning anything new with him, and moved on to a different horse at the advice of a riding friend. Coach was fantastic, when he was being worked with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, my friend had to move on, and he was no longer getting the exercise he needed to be safe for me. My confidence was disappearing, and there weren't any other horses suitable at that barn. I didn't want to leave them, but I wasn't happy either.
6 months into riding on a regular basis, I decided it was time to move on. I've always ridden Western (with the exception of one month of intensive English riding when working at camp), but found a new barn that I really liked, only, it was all English.
So now, fast-forward to my 3rd lesson on Romeo, a 10 yr old Irish Sport Horse, who has plenty of pep to keep me paying attention and is safe enough for me to get my confidence back.
My first show, in English, is 2 weeks from yesterday, and I'm so happy with my decisions. My riding is improving tremendously with each lesson, the barn is safe, clean, and the horses are well cared for. They are competitive but not snobby. I'm really enjoying my time with this new horse, and am excited and nervous to be showing for the first time ever.