I've recently started riding a horse I haven't ridden in a while. She's a really good horse for a beginner like me, lol, but has some minor problems.
First problem: Whenever I ask for canter, she reacts quite quickly but before cantering, she always tosses/puts down her head. It's pretty annoying, because it costs me some major marks in dressage and my instructor just says to "ignore it." We have been practicing transitions and she's become far more responsive, but the head tossing never changes. Should I really
ignore it? I mean, sure, she's only a school horse, not a dressage prof, and neither am I lol, but is there any way to cancel the habit? And even if I really should ignore it, I'm worried that it might turn into something more serious, like bucking... Is there a risk of that happening? (I started riding her last year, and she hasn't bucked once, but I'm still worried...) If it can turn into bucking, how do I stop it from happening? Please don't get the impression that my instructor is bad for not dealing with it, she has years of experience and I trust her. It's probably just me and my worries as usual
Second problem: This one is being dealt with right and I was wondering if there is any way to speed it up? Lara (the horse) leans to the left a lot, and she gets really crooked. It takes A LOT of leg to get her to the wall when we're on the left rein. My instructor says that she's stiff and it will just take time to solve... how long should it take, and could any of this training be painful to her? Also, is there any way to speed the process up without making her sore? Just be aware that she is not my horse, she is a school horse and I only ride her once a week. Also, my own riding ability is very limited and I have basically no control of what we do in lessons... but is there a cetain way I should ride?
Sorry about the length, and I know that both these questions are probably unneccassary because my instructor knows what she's doing... but I would still appreciate some advice!