The journey of improving myself as a rider and horse as a performer
I can only afford one dressage lesson a month for myself (which is pathetic really, I have to give 3 kids lessons to afford one dressage lesson for myself) so last night I got a dressage dvd and bid on a few via ebay.
When I'm not having a lesson I will start looking to these tapes for references.
My new horse "Tessa" I broke myself, and now we are 4 months into a partnership. Everything was going well until recently. She was always steady and relaxed at the trot, I was teaching her slowly over a course of a few weeks to start stretching into the bridle low, and one or 2 days a week then asking her for a round frame with more contact.
She was never a horse to pull but now she does badly, I feel like I am doing no good for her because when she fights me I get very un balanced and we end up butting heads. Actually in general I feel very un balanced on her. So today I'm going to the barn to try some stirrup less riding on my older, more advanced horse. And I think I will start making stirrup less riding a regular thing, since I can't ask her to be balanced if im not right?
And until I can get a lesson next week I will do mainly walking with Tessa. There's lots to practice at the walk!
Also, my goal with Tessa is to do dressage up to the highest level of her capability. While also showing in hunter jumpers & occasionally show jumping.
One day I want this horse to be able to do flying lead changes and carry herself correctly in harmony with me.
I might turn to some natural horsemanship methods for ground training, but I am dead set on using dressage to better us as hunters and jumpers.
Am I taking the right steps to better myself and my horse?
Any exercise suggestions for ether of us?