As soon as we bring Zeus home I'm going to start taking dressage lesson on him. The barn I'm boarding at is next to a big dressage barn with supposedly fantastic trainers. I've never taken dressage lessons before and want to learn all that I can and really learn how to properly ride. I'll eventually be taking jumping lessons along with the dressage, but I'll be doing solely flat work for a while.
What should I be looking for in a dressage trainer? I want to be able to know whether I have picked the right trainer and I'm really learning the correct way. What should I be wary of? My first goal when he comes home is to get him to slow dawn and speed up though my seat and not have to rely on my reins. He is a great mover and has a wonderful natural way of carrying himself, but from the trial ride I was noticing that by relying on the reins I was causing him to brace against the bit. What can I be practicing when I'm riding outside of a lesson with him to accomplish this? I need to learn how to ask for certain things with my seat, and that will be the biggest obstacle. All the buttons are there for me to push with him, I just have to learn how to ask.
I'm always a bit scatterbrained so I hope you got all that, ha ha.
Thanks in advance!