This isn't strictly "Dressage" capital D, but more "dressage" lower case D. I could have posted in jumping or general English riding, but you dressage riders seem like the go to equestrians for flat work.
I had a lesson today with my trainer, who comes sporadically into town. She had me do some exercises over poles to make my horse listen to me instead of looking at the pretty stuff on the other side of the fence, the pretty llamas, the pretty ponies, etc. She told me my horse doesn't focus on me well and doesn't use her body -- my horse drags herself along with her front end and doesn't use hind. My horse thinks the arena means super happy fun time where she can run around and rush though stuff.
Eventually, I want a jumper horse that I can go to hunter paces and little shows with. Before I do any jumping, I need a horse who can listen to me on the flat. So... Where do I start my "dressage" training?
Upon re-reading, I've found this post isn't very particular... But I'm just having a hard time phrasing my question... If unclear, just say so and I'll try to explain.