Her lessons vary between trail course and equitation lessons. Today it was absolutely gorgous and calm so they did a small trail course, but especially focused on the rope gate, which none of the 3 kids had ever done. My daughter's lesson horse is usually extremely mellow and calm, but today was feeling the green grass and was a little feisty so I didn't know how that would go today. He had also never done the rope gate. I adore our instructor. When my daughter went through the first time she was right there, to calm the horse, and talking to my daughter about how to comfort him as he was facing a new obstacle. The first time through took some time and a lot of hands on from the instructor, the second time through she just stood near by and he did amazing. My daughter is bouncing off the walls with excitment over this one!
Here are a few pics of the plump little paint she rides, conquering a new obstacle.
(My daughter turned 8 2 weeks ago, and the paint turned 19 the day before her. Yes, he did get his peppermint treat that she bought him for his birthday after this lesson.)