I have been out of competition for 5 years. Back home I competed Novice, but I left my Irish Sporthorse with my Dad and he retired him as a very pampered pet.
I have been rehabbing OTTBs since then but only off and on, and just slowing them down, going over the basics and such.
Any riding I've done since I've been in the US has either been rehab or pleasure. And I fear I have lost any skill and gained all bad habits.
Now I'm at a point where I'm ready to get back into everything. Eventing is my drug, but I am absolutely useless at dressage. It was always my biggest point blower.
Well, now after 12 months of searching, I have found a Dutch Warmblood mare. The good - she's trained to Level 4. The bad - she's been sitting for a year as well. But until then she was competing solidly.
So in effect we'll both be starting from scratch this year.
I'm trying to find a trainer right now, the one I was using said she wasn't comfortable with a horse trained to Level 4 as she was only Level 2. But like I mentioned on another site, I'm starting at a big fat Level 0 sooooo I don't see the issue.
Until I find a new trainer... what can I do on my own? I want to start conditioning us both and since dressage is my weakest area I really need to work on it.