Originally Posted by SPhorsemanship
It's kind of annoying though that just because they are my instructor they think they know way more than me. For example, I lead my horse on slacked reins/lead rope and he's very calm with that. He needs to have some freedom but also feel guided. When you lead him on a tight rein/lead rope, he can't look around so he twists his neck to look around and fight back. I was leading my horse into the arena and my instructor came over and said I was doing it wrong by leading my horse on slack. Am I doing it wrong?
Well, as with everything in the horse world, it depends.
I lead my horses the same way that you do. However, in a situation where there are other horses around or other people riding (such as a lesson environment), I lead with much less slack just in case
. That's not to say that I micro-manage their head, I don't. But I will have my hand much closer to the headstall/bridle than I would just leading usually so that in the event that my horse does something funky I have more control.
Also, if your instructor wishes you to have more control as you are heading in to a lesson, I would suggest that you do as asked as they may have a very good reason for requesting that. Perhaps in the past someone has been injured when a horse made a suprise play entering the arena? You just don't know. Also, you are new to this barn so everyone is getting to know you AND your horse. You may know that your horse is trustworthy enough that you can lead him everywhere in that manner but others do not know that yet.
Better to be safe than sorry.
As for your instructors prowess as a dressage
instructor, I am less than convinced. She may be a very good instructor that will help you with your dressage but if you are after a genuine dressage coach, I suggest you find out who HER coach is and pursue that. What level are you and your horse competing at out of curiosity?