How long to learn to feel the horse.
I know the answer to this is highly individualized based on who you are. But, I thought I ask anyway. I started riding last Sept at a local barn. I am 54 yrs old and am making progress.
My questions is how long do you think it takes before you can really begin to feel what the horse is doing underneath you. I can see and feel major changes the horse makes, but I am often not aware that the horse has dropped its shoulder, what lead its on, whether the horse is collected, etc. And I can't always tell if I'm on the right diagonal although that is getting better. My trainer can feel almost everything the horse is doing. Are there things I can do to increase my ability to feel or perceive whats happening below me?