My nine year old started lessons a couple of months ago too. Think we are up to eight lessons now. She can trot her school horse around the arena, around obstacles and over trot poles. She's learnt hunter seat and sitting trot too. Hasn't cantered yet but is keen to give it a go!
What I like though is that her horsemanship has come along in leaps and bounds. From knowing nothing, she can now saddle up, adjust her stirrups, rug the pony and care for her gear. She has also been taught the names for parts of the horse, about sand and colic, and worms etc. She's also been taught how to do some ground work and a few random things like how to re-gain a lost stirrup at walk and trot...
I'm a little surprised she hasn't been taught to canter yet, but I'm sure it will come in time :)
Muriel, did your daughter have any horse knowledge before her lessons? What else will she be getting taught?
Kate has watched me and she really wants to keep up with me ... I have ridden before but am taking lessons just to make sure I am doing it right. She sees me do stuff and then she turns around and tells her instructor she wants to do something she saw me do. Kate has walked and trotted threw cones and over poles. Her trainer talks to her constinantly about the parts of the horses body and what each do, while she is riding. The trainer seems to have a great reporte with Kate and knows when to add something more to her training. Each session, Kate has walked away with a look of pure amazement and pride in her growing abilities. I am just tickled pink that she is enjoying it so much.
When we go to the stable, she has to stop by each time and say hi to her lesson horse. I will try and take a picture of her and post it here.