I'm new on here but I've learked for a while. I just had to post how wondering first lesson on my new horse was last night.
This was my first lesson with a new trainer and my first lesson on my boy I'm training. He is a Curly/Hanoverian cross that I would like to learn hopefully up to 2nd level if not higher.
Anyway last night he was a gem..
He has only been ridden 11 times now all by me. He was reaching for contact and bending through corners with my leg.
Only trouble is he is a bit lazy so I have to work on that.
I also have to learn to keep contact. She said my hands are steady but tend to venture wide.. Anytips?
Also, do you think it would be silly to try and show Intro test on Oct. 17th knowing how green he is?
No, I don't think it would be silly to try and show Intro test.
Get him some mileage, give him a good experience, and have a blast.
If your hands venture wide try 'double holding' the reins. Basically you hold the bight end of the right rein in your left hand (hook a pinky through or something) and the bight end of the left in your right, so that it limits how far apart your hands can get.
Another trick (probably easier) is to undo the rein buckle and slide the rein ends through the rings of a bit. Then do up the reins again. The bit will keep the reins from getting too far apart.