Ive just learned dressage and Im having issues. The lesson horse that I ride is an appaloosa jumper. I know appys aren't meant for dressage, but just for the basics, I had some problems my last lesson and she was, to say simply, awful. Sorry, I feel a rant coming... okay. Here goes. Here are all the problems:
She won't halt! I pull as hard as I can and she wont halt!
The halt is not at all about pulling. It is every bit as forward of a movement as W/T/C, and requires the correct application of your seat and leg as well. There are tons of threads on the forum dealing with each of your problems, so I won't go into the nitty gritty details of how to achieve each movement here.
She doesn't listen to my leg. I have a weak leg, but when were doing a course she is just fine. But in dressage, I think she just pretends she doesn't understand.
Horses don't "pretend they don't understand". They may not understand, may understand and refuse to obey, but there's no pretending about any of it.
SHe wont MOVE! She wont halt when I ask her to, but when she's feeling lazy, she just stops mid trot, and then my instructor gets angry that I kicked her.
I agree with kitten Val that you may need to look into a different instructor. Your instructor should be explaining to you how to use your aids to achieve a good halt, leg yield, walk, etc., rather than become angry that you respond incorrectly. This doesn't just go for dressage specific things, but for all disciplines or even just "general" riding lessons.
IMHO, if you are really interested in learning dressage at the experience level that you are (no disrespect at all intended here... everyone starts at the beginning.
), you ought to have a specialized dressage instructor, or at least an instructor with a background and experience with the type of riding that you want to do, and you ought to be riding a schoolmaster who won't test you as you're learning yourself.
In the meantime, I highly recommend reading up on the topic and becoming familiar with the theory. Having a set of knowledgeable eyes with you to help you apply what you read is invaluable, but it never hurts to do some research outside of lessons.
Here are some websites that might help answer your questions. The Art of Classical Riding--Dressage Training for Horse and Rider ::: Sustainable Dressage - - Welcome to my Site about Sustainable Dressage! ::: Lesson 1 - not a lot of people know that - Classical dressage Classical Dressage Notebook - Putting Theory Into Practice Feature Articles: Horse Training and Riding