|I love Ben; he is so gorgeous and fun.|
This did occur right away though. It took a little bit to get a feel for him. I started the lesson with a warmup in walk, trot, and canter, and then the group and I moved on to jumping. I had told the instructor that I did not have much experience with jumping, but the fences were low, so I felt confident in my abilities. For the first exercise I was supposed to jump over a fence, circle at a set of poles several strides away, and then jump the next fence. The first time through, I was not so successful with keeping Ben at a desireable pace, and he went through the exercises uncontrollably. I was a bit flustered when I lost my stirrup after the first jump and when the band came of my stirrup(it was those jump stirrups with the break-away band on the outside; the instructor did not have an extra band, but I rode well without it from then on, once my heels were down).
|I am about to circle here|
However, for the rest of the exercises, in which more jumps were included, I increased my focus on my leg position, on posting the trot slowly, and on using my seat to slow Ben to a desired pace. I felt like by the middle of the lesson, Ben and I were really working together. He kept at a comfortable pace and listened to my aids. I even felt comfortable cantering the final jump.
The trainer believes that I did a good job with Ben, and my mom thinks that my seat and my hands were much better than that of many of the other rides(she thinks I kept my hands steady and made good use of my legs to turn). The only comment the instructor made was that my lower legs were all over the place, but I think that will improve as I develop my muscles again.
Well, that is all for now!