Instructors, How Would You Have Handled This?
I had a short lesson this weekend (squeezed in at the last minute). My instructor suggested I warm up first so we could make the most of the half hour. I made the mistake of taking my horse out of the ring and dismounting to get a drink of water after I'd warmed up. My horse took this to mean we were done, and she was *not* happy to then have to start an actual lesson. (The warmup had not been excessive - walk/trot and some a couple of very short canters, maybe 20 minutes total.) So at the first halt she threw her haunches out, and when we did some turns on the haunches she began seriously ignoring my right leg. As my instructor had me correct her and try again, she actually reared a few inches. Reprimanding with the whip made no real difference. She would keep swinging the haunches out or back up 10 steps for every one I asked. None of this was in a dangerous way and she didn't threaten to rear again. I wasn't afraid or feeling like she would bolt or anything, but I wasn't making any impression on her. After about 6 or 7 tries and at least 10 minutes of this, my trainer got on the horse with my permission. She spent the rest of the lesson obtaining submission, but as she commented at the end, we never got past the first halt.
I'm an experienced rider but have been too passive and amatuerish for a long time. I'm timid, but much more confident than I used to be, thanks to this trainer and this horse, whom I trust. I want to become a more effective rider, and watching my instructor with my horse, she didn't do anything I couldn't do *right now*. All I would need would be guidance on when to do what.
So for those of you who are instructors, how would you teach me to deal with disobedience like this? I don't want to be so dependent in these situations.