JustDressageIt- I really, really respect you...I seriously do and I think you are a wonderful rider and horsemen, but I must say I disagree with you right now. I don't think everything is by the book. I know a girl who taught herself to rude on a unbroke, three year old filly and now she's the best rider I've ever seen and she taught herself completely. She never even had an instructor to tell her "Heels Down!"
Although if you want to learn fast an instructor is brilliant (I have one myself) but I find her just a toning tool. I get comfortable, find my seat, and she nudges me slightly. So far I'v gotten most things right...except for the little things that don't make as much of a differance.
Excuse my typos. I'm on an iPod keyboard.
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