So I had another lesson this week and it was so, so much better than last week's! Last week kind of had me questioning whether I actually did as well in my first few lessons at this barn as I remembered. BUT fortunately I've been regaining some of my muscle, and Wednesday's ride felt amazing.
I actually thought the lesson was going to be cancelled because my normal instructor was away at a show, but luckily the head trainer stepped in and was willing to give me a lesson. I was a bit intimidated but I have to say all of the trainers at this barn are incredibly kind and you can tell they care a lot about the horses. I was back on the original mare I rode in my first few lessons and she was being seriously stubborn about being spooky/looky (but not actually spooking) and the trainer giving my lesson was super patient and kind about it which was much appreciated. There's nothing worse than a trainer getting pissy which only makes you and the horse more nervous.
We did some trot sets and then cantered around a bit before starting the jumping. Her jump is seriously so lovely, though. Like, eq horses are life. We started out trotting an x both ways, then cantering it and then cantering the same jump as a vertical to a 6 stride line (I always do a 7, but hey at least I counted).
I really appreciate riding her though because she gets 'excited' for a jump and locks onto it and starts to get just a little strong, but all you have to do is barely try to collect her and she's perfect and settles right back down. She finds the distances for you and you never have to worry about seriously legging her to the jump. I'm going to try to find the videos of me showing when I was fifteen, but I know that 99% of the time I was jumping ahead/standing in the stirrups. With her, it's so easy to just think 'okay, butt out' and just release over the jump. I honestly have no idea how it looks, but I've gotten good feedback from both trainers now, so that's something!
I'm having hubby come out with me next week to video so hopefully I can find my old showing videos and do a little comparison. And also have pictures of me riding!!