I personally think dressage basics would be more beneficial. It helps develop a rider to sit evenly on yhe horse, it helps the rider understand hiw your weight affects the horse, it helps thr horse learn to move away from subtle pressure, and teacges the horse to carry its weight more evenly balance (instead of dragging itself around on the forehand).
I've found that dressage helps significantly on trails. I shift my weight and we can bypass the tree limbs sticking out, or I can balance my horse with some small half-halts with just my seat before the steep hill so my horse doesn't trip. I watch my friends on their horses and they struggle to control the horse to go through or around obstacles.
I've found that there are a lot of people without the skills that call themselves hunter or huntseat trainers. The dressage trainers aren't too much better, but at least you can look up their show records on centerline scores, or check their trainer certs, to verify what they tell you. I recently met an HJ trainer that has never ridden english, ever. Never jumped. She teachea kids to jump. I question how much someone knows when I see something like that.
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