Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
For your first lesson, just try to relax! :) ENJOY yourself! Let go of all the ideas you have about horse riding and training and what you or the horse are *supposed* to be doing and just go with it and listen to the instructor.
There are lots of different approaches that instructors can take or switch between based off their own training, the horse's training and ability, and how you're taking to a certain task or activity. Some instructors will have you do a quick walk, trot and canter all in the first lesson, others will have you on a lunge line and not allow you to touch the reins or go above the walk for months (like they do at the Spanish Riding School). BOTH can be great ways to learn and help you develop vital skills, so don't get too hung up on what you think you're 'supposed' to be doing when and just have fun and go at your own pace. Riding and horses are great. :)