Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
This is how my instructor is currently teaching. Everything is purposeful when you're riding-- your center of gravity, your posture, your hip/seat alignment. It all sends a signal to the horse ( good and bad). When I first started, we worked A LOT on just "feeling" the movements of the horse, then we would work a lot on posture and using your body to communicate to the horse what their next move should be. I find that it's been a mix of good training + a good, broke horse. My trainer is currently working with a pretty green horse and he is responding more and more to picking up the ques of what he should be doing.
Sounds like you found a good instructor! I got very lucky and found a great one right off the bat. Leaving a lesson should definitely make you feel like you were a better and more confident rider than when you first got to the barn. Even if it wasn't your best ride, I am finding out that I learn just as much when I'm doing something wrong as I do when I'm doing something right. It's ALL a learning experience, and a trainer should enhance that. Good luck, I'm happy for you!
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon