I'm in search of a Dressage instructor as my current instructor leaves town for an indefinite period of time.
With her I was doing a little of everything (although her main focus is Dressage), but I'm still a beginner in the Dressage world (after nearly 30 years of trail riding).
So here's my stupid Dressage-newbie question.
I have read and read tons of stuff on here and elsewhere about "good" riding versus forcing a frame. I want to learn how to ride correctly. I'm not out to win any shows, I'm in no hurry to get to some pre-defined end state. I just want to communicate with my horse and be a happy pair. And have a few goals to work towards along the way.
So as I'm interviewing instructors, and observing them teach lessons, what sorts of questions can I ask (that they'd answer honestly either way), and what sorts of things can I watch for, to tell me whether the instructor is teaching a good method, or just using gimmicks?
I don't know enough at this point to say "oh yeah, they're just forcing the frame on that horse." It looks pretty much the same to me either way.