Being nervous on the trailer
At the beginning of last week I started panicking about things. I was nervous about everything. Hauling out for a lesson, getting everything organized, new trainer, new place, what if they hated Stinker. It all seemed daunting. Saturday morning I cleaned all my tack and boots and gave Stinker a bath so he looked less feral. I even managed to get everything I needed packed.
Oh right I can act like a horse
Stinker was pretty nervous when I started to pull out of the drive, but by the time I got to the lesson barn he settled and he stood quietly on the trailer while I filled out the release forms. When I unloaded him he was pretty up, but once I started grooming him he settled down. My lesson was in the indoor which has mirrors so I opted to walk him around the ring before I got on. He snorted some and was pretty nervous but was well mannered.
The lesson wasn't anything mind blowing. We worked on the exact same things I had been working on with my favorite dressage judge and S. The phrasing was a little different, but it worked well for us. I thought it was a fairly easy lesson, but my hips are informing me otherwise. He got a little tense and nervous a few times, but would quickly come back to me. I was also able to slow his walk much more quickly than I have in the past. By the end of the lesson he felt really good and we were able to get him to stretch in the trot both directions without him speeding up.
Home sweet home
Overall, I think this trainer will be a really good fit for us. Stinker isn't everyone's cup of tea, but she seemed to really like him. It also didn't hurt that she called him cute and smart. But I was really pleased and hopefully I will be able to get on a regular schedule with her.