My instructor is an event instructor too. I chose her for my dressage lessons because I knew she has a background in jumping as well. Jumping has always been my goal. In the 14 years I've been riding, all I've wanted to do is jump, and I have done some jumping but never had a horse that was any good at it, other than my appaloosa gelding, but I left for college shortly after I got him, and didn't get to spend as much time with him as I would have liked. I decided to start with dressage lessons because I thought it would help me and my project horse find a better connection and get us a stronger foundation on the flat before we moved on to fences again. I had only taken a handful of jumping lessons on her last fall. Jumping was my ultimate goal, but now I'm just having so much fun with this dressage stuff, I think I might stick with it for a while.
I was supposed to go to a dressage show at the end of May. Those plans were halted when my horses started bolting, excessively spooking, and injuring herself in her turnout for no apparent reason. I stopped riding her because she won't even stand for mounting she's so tense. :( She stumped one veterinarian and I have an appointment for her today with another vet. I'm hoping we can get to the bottom of this behavior and I can get back on my own horse!
In the mean time, I've been using my mom's horse, and he's much greener than my own. He loves to dodge off the rail and has a hard time balancing himself, so both of us are trying to work through some things. When I mess up even just a little, he tattles on me very loudly! He's not a forgiving horse. It's tough, but it is helping me learn!
The good news is, we had another super awesome lesson on Tuesday! We had another successful warm up on a lunge line. My instructor said that even though we had a few bobbles I was able to correct and recover from them well. She moved us up to a trot and this gait is easier for both of us. We were trotting around on the rail, with a correct bend, and changing direction across the diagonal. We were using my dad's pole pending poles and practicing changing bends and moving between position left and position right through the poles. We're not polished yet for sure, but it's finally starting to come together. At this point, my instructor would like to see more bend, particularly in my corners, and some more consistency. If I can get my husband to come to a lesson I will have him take photos and video.
I went to Dressage at Devon once, just to watch, but have never really been to a dressage show so I still have no idea what to expect. I'm not sure if I'll be showing at all this year since Ransom (my mom's horse) and I are still getting to know each other at this point. It will be quite interesting when I try it for the first time as well.
Good luck with your show jcraig10!
Luckily, my previous instructor was fairly well rounded, despite not being a dressage instructor, and my horse and I can already do some decent leg yields. It's a tough concept to learn, but once you and your horse figure it out, it's a great skill to have, even outside the dressage arena! When I left off with my own horse we were working on shoulder fore, and it was going reasonably well. We would get it for a few stride and then lose it! I'm certainly not to that point with Ransom yet though. It's a battle just to get him to go where I want him. I've been doing a lot of leg yields out of necessity though just to get him back on the right track. It will be nice to be working on leg yields when I want to be working on them! hah! Good luck with your learning horseNpony!