06-13-2012, 09:23 AM
| || | Maybe some insight..
I've been working at a large breeding training farm for the last 3 months as a working student, receiving lessons everyday from a grand prix rider. Before I came here I was sort of a backyard horseman I guess you would say, but I had been riding for 9 years. This is my first experience doing dressage, and the only lessons I've had since I was 13. So for the first month and a half it was nothing but steep progression in my training, I was getting better fast. Then it was like I forgot how to ride for about 3 weeks. Now I'm back on track but I don't feel like I'm progressing as much as I was, my legs still want to come forward, my hands move around half the time, and I hollow my back. The main thing I'm worried about though is that I still don't have very much feel for what the horse is going to do, and I can't feel where a problem is coming from most of the time. For instance, I can feel when a horse doesn't want to bend their ribs or is swinging out a hip, but I can't feel if they aren't pushing as hard with one leg as the other. Is this normal for how long I've been doing this? And does it mean I lack the talent to pursue Dressage as a career?