I am a Western rider, and I recently got a dressage saddle for Christmas, because I like the freedom of an English saddle seat. Now that I'm thinking about it, I kind of want to do a little dressage with the horse I ride (I don't have my own horse). I don't ride with a curb bit, I use a snaffle, and I don't ride on contact like in English.
Could y'all give me some pointers on learning dressage? I'm not going to hire a dressage trainer; I'm not serious about doing it for showing and stuff, but just as something to work on in the arena. I was just going to do the basic walk/trot patterns and see if I could find some online.
What are some good beginner dressage patterns? What are some tips you have for starting dressage? Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!