Is it reasonable to expect to learn to work a horse properly, tracking up from behind, onto the bit, whilst riding exclusively school horses?
For background, I ride the "whizzy fizzy monster"* category at my RS - horses who might spook, buck, tank, etc, and am expected to plan my own sessions when I have a 1-1 lesson (under guidance from my RI) I did once ask if I could ride a particular horse who is known for being steady and sensible and was told "not a chance" (my RI was nicer about it and gave me reasonable reasons, but that's what it alluded to - and I don't mind at all)
I use lots of bending, and leg yields and shoulder fore to get the horse to step under itself (and in once case to force the horse to think about what it's doing and slow down and relax) and I usually end the session with a very responsive horse, but still no nice, pretty outline.
So is simply that some people just can't ride like that, or that the horses just don't get that level of schooling??
Is there a point at which you just can't go any further at a RS?
*not an official category