I really needed this. It has been a long time coming. Nina is finally to the point where I can get back to taking lessons, improving my own riding and bring her along with goals and help. I love taking lessons, but it's like just setting your money on fire to try to take lessons on a horse that will not cooperate one little bit. And there is no point in getting so far ahead of yourself when the realistic goals for the horse are walk without a fight, trot without a fight, stop without bolting.
Nina is finally consistent enough about the very basics, move off the leg, keep moving, stop arguing about every little thing, no spooking when the rider pats you etc etc.
I am looking forward to getting some sort of regular lessons with Amy, setting some goals and working toward them. It keeps me motivated. The new year is just around the corner.... it's going to be a good one.