Here's "Me" with my three "students." Notice that the pony resembles my current favourite pony at the Little Valley! I love Playmobil. It's the kind of thing you don't grow out of.
...introduction and explanation...
...riders on the rail, for a warm-up...
...and now our first rider tries the pattern.
He'll have to have some verbal guidance along the way, some encouragement, and a few corrections. Nobody rides perfectly the first time.
But he's doing well. Other than riding with an invisible bridle, which I don't think is really encouraged but I'll let him get away with it this time. Next week I want to see a bridle on his horse. Geez some people....
And she's done.
The guy with the black horse requested that I not show pictures of his turn. He just wasn't getting it. That's okay. He will, soon, with practice. After we do the pattern once, I want to go through it at least once more so the riders can improve. It gives them confidence.
I know this from personal experience.
Finally, they walk the arena a few more times while we discuss what we learned, and answer some questions.
Then we put the horses, and riders, fences and pylons, into a box and eat dinner.