Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
I've never been trained hunter, but a couple of my friends at the barn have...they REALLY stick their toes forward it seems like! Is that one diff between dressage and hunter position? Do you naturally stick your toes out a little bit more in dressage vs hunter?
I was (and still is) VERY far from doing any hunting/jumping! Lol! I was taking lessons "green horse/green rider" so she'd help me with my position and how my horse(s) works. It obviously was not a case. I also took some group lessons on lesson horses (been there done it) to learn how to sit and communicate correctly. Guess what, neither trainer (I've been in 3 barns in all these years) really commented on my position (and I KNOW it's not perfect and clumsy at times (after long day)). Sounds like they are concentrated on something else (which is not good IMHO).
Now I want to try Kiara the paint on jumping (next year as she's still too young), so I started those lessons with dressage trainer, who also trained for jumping and western pleasure (I know she competed in all that, and her daughter is on olimpic team). She really goes after my position on horse, how straight horse is and things like that. She said no canter until my horse will be straight as she should be.
I'm sure you'll re-learn it.
Something hard to accomplish is ALWAYS rewarding when you finally accomplish it! Good luck!