Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
frlsgirl, your instruction was poor, NOT English Pleasure, in general. I taught WP, EP, Beg. Jumping, Beg Dressage, and Military (bc we were CW Reenactors for 26 years.)
I taught my EP students to be balanced at the posting trot and NOT behind the vertical. I am a pianist and can differentiate between correct hands at the keyboard (cupped and weighted at the heel of your hand) and riding (soft with thumbs up.) I pushed correct hands, the width of the bit, and soft--I had many ways to retrain this bc too many students started EP somewhere else and had really no feel. I nagged about toes forward until I was blue in the face, OR, they trained their toes forward. I explained the whys of everything I taught. ALL, with lessons year round outside--I had no great place to teach for 10 years.
I'll say, again to the OP. Take a group of EP lessons at the place where your sister takes lessons. Review your progress and consider your next step. You don't have to sign up for a whole semester, like in college. You can start and stop at any time. If you find a trainer that is also an instructor, that's a great idea, too.
Understand that I LOVE Dressage, as a means to an end. I'm not as excited about just riding Dressage bc I have other horse aspirations, including driving in my future.
Not everyone who hangs out a shingle knows how to teach it. I recommend to the OP that she spend some time REALLY looking into a qualified Dressage program before just jumping into it. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about the actual discipline that a rider studies. When I see someone ride any style correctly and beautifully, I would love to take a few lessons from that someone even if it's SaddleSeat, or Reining, or Calf-roping, which are some disciplines which have never really excited ME, bc ALL riding disciplines show just how much your horse gives back when trained and ridden correctly.
I think that is what the OP really wants.