Do you have someone helping you now, an instructor? It is better if someone helps you in person.
Both to check that the leg yield is correct and that the haunches in, shoulder in,that are pre-requisites for the half pass, are correct.
You don't go from leg yield to half pass, it isn't a matter of just changing the bend and getting a half pass. Someone needs to help you and show you what order to teach things in, so that the horse will be able to understand what is wanted, as well as have the muscles already being developed, to be able to do it.
I don't know what Heath Ryan does, why don't you send him an email?
As to what to expect as a working student, lots and lots of very hard work. It is very, very important to be in very good health and already be very, very used to doing a lot of work all day, farm work, barn work, riding, and walking - lifting, carrying, lots of hard work.
The experience of a lifetime if with an accomplished, successful trainer, but an awful lot of long hard work.
Last edited by slc; 02-03-2011 at 12:12 AM.