And I learned that if I didn't sit perfectly straight the horse would wander along in a wobbly line, or go on a smaller and smaller circle until he stopped
(or even run back to his mum and ask her to take the bothersome thing off his back
). I called him an examiner rather than a schoolmaster, because he definitely marked you and awarded a pass or fail
Sometimes they make you realise that even your basics could do with improvement, which can be hard to accept; but if you do
accept it and try to tackle it, it will do your riding the world of good and mean you can potentially achieve sooo much more in the future.
Chin up and when you're feeling down about it, just remember you're working to make yourself better, for your horses's sake as well as your own, and as such are already sooooo much better than many riders out there