Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
How can you teach yourself something you don't know?
Yes, I think you can further your horse to the extent of your knowledge/experience, but not yourself.
There is a wealth of knowledge in books and dvds and you can learn a lot but learning theory and then putting it into practice is a different story.
If you were to read a book on ballet would you be able to do it? With step by step instructions you may be able to teach yourself a few moves, but to continue on you would need someone watching you and correcting you. It is the same with riding.
Even the best riders take lessons. You can get to a point where you don't really need lessons to get by, and if you're just riding around on a quiet horse that is fine, but if you want to get better, and your horse to get better then you are going to need some guidance.
Look at getting an instructor who can come out, even if its only once a month, and they can correct you and give you exercises to do and practice.