As some of you already know: I come from a place where everyone rides "peanut rollers" with harsh bits (I call it the "yank yank yank" method) and have been striving for years to find a better way. I did have a fairly good english instructor for a while, but lately I find that more and more of what she taught me has been incorrect. I stopped taking lessons with her, and I'm now trying to learn dressage. I'm taking full advantage of this forum for help, because I haven't found any local dressage teachers and I need at least a little guidance even if it is over the internet.
I recently purchased the book Dressage in Lightness by Sylvia Loch and I love it! I haven't had much time to read it yet, but what I have read differs so much from everything anyone has ever told me about riding, but in a good way. It makes me so excited!
I also have a few questions now. I'd really appreciate any help or advice with this.
Just to make sure; this is a good book that I'm reading right? Because when I first met my last trainer I was so distracted by all of the new things I was learning that I thought she was great. I don't want to repeat that.
The Big question- is dressage possible without a saddle? I don't mean advanced dressage, but could I do the basics without a saddle?
Because my horse is so slippery, I find it dangerous to ride with a saddle (not all saddles, just the ones I have access to). She has a broad back and all of the saddles I've found that are made for her shape are really expensive. I think this is fine though, because I am learning to ride bareback on a horse with very minimal withers and it's doing wonders for my balance.
But in this book, Dressage in Lightness, everything is about the seat. I think I could have a deep seat without a saddle, but is it possible to achieve a light seat without stirrups?
To post you roll in with your knees right? That is what my last teacher told me. But wouldn't that be too much pressure in one spot to be comfortable for the horse without a saddle? My filly has a very smooth trot, but this book says that a sitting trot will hollow the horses back when done without warming up properly, which I assume is done by posting to the trot and using that "light seat" Syliva Loch talked about. Can I really do either of these properly without a saddle? And would it hurt my horse to even try it without one?
If you made it through this, thank you! I know next to nothing right now, so every opinion or tidbit of information is appreciated. Thank you, thank you!