Odin's owner and I both agreed to give the Beast (he's a HUGE Shire/Morgan cross but an absolute baby and sweetheart) a day off so he wouldn't be a pill for lessons Sunday because I would ride him tomorrow and get him back and gear for Sunday.
And the Barn Manager let me go for a very quick spin on the new lesson horse Tequila... who is just absolutely push-button. I had not Western since I was 10 (of course she was properly trained to go off the leg and seat and was so light and supple and stepped underneath her so nicely and have wonderful self-carriage with zero rein contact, and did I mention she was very easy going about everything.... perfect lesson horse, and honestly I think she'd rock dressage if given a chance) and she made me look good haha!
I talked with Odin's owner (she has trained up to Fourth Level) and we got into a wonderful discussion about dressage. I asked her if how I had been working with Odin (as I have been doing the same techniques with Greta, lots of loose rein and transitions) was okay. She said that we are starting perfectly and the fact that I'm not worried about a headset is perfect. So I got a uncalled confidence boost haha.
Tomorrow I will get back with the plan with Greta, no rushing haha, and do lots of transitions and circles and serpentines and leg yields and a few turns on the forehand and a few rein backs (the last two have been iffy lately, so I don't want to push anything, but we do know it!) all on a fairly loose rein. Same program with Mister Odin, although he still quite a newbie compared to Greta. Odin's owner and I both talked about more having to be a rider learning rather than a rider teaching the horse. Her fourth level horse was actually a Grand Prix level Arab cross in which she had to learn the ropes rather! It really is the same situation with Greta and I: I'm the one learning the ropes. We will still work on flexibility and what-not (also, I'm going to take a looky-loo at my saddle, I think I put it too far up, it has CAIR panels and an adjustable gullet, so those problems should be quite simple to fix) and I have great hope for the future!
I'm very happy right now :)