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Could you try riding her bareback in the school? He loved it, and (after I'd got over the initial fear) so did I . We play around at lateral work (mostly leg yield, shoulder in and travers in walk, but some trot) and my balance is much improved as is my aiding (can't collapse or I'll slide off ) . His little (ok, big) ears flicker back and forth and he's so keen and interested and he tries so hard. I'm smiling too, and giving lots of verbal praise (and occasionally treats). And even though it's in slow walk he's forward, mentally. I do ride him with a saddle in the school now too, but try to put my brain in bareback mode, so we both chill out and have a good time
and then you can smirk proudly at the trainer who wrote her off, secure in the knowledge that you are a better trainer than him.
I really do want to sort out the schooling and dressage things because I am looking at giving up jumping because I had a nasty fall doing XC this year and it kinda made me realise I really do not bounce at all. It wasn't her fault, far from it. She jumped a log pile so big she just jumped me right out of the saddle and I just couldn't get my balance back.