Chevy - There is absolutely nothing wrong with having to work hard to get where you want to be! :) I have to work very hard to be a good rider, but I have had a couple instructors tell me I was "so fun to teach" because they give me the instruction, they can see me actually trying, and my horse responding. It actually makes me feel very accomplished! Sometimes I wish I could just 'get it,' but I knew someone once who was a very fluid rider and everytime this person took instruction it would be followed up with "I know," and "I know, I was just trying to do something else," or "I know, my horse was (insert excuse here)." I like that my instructor sees constant improvement in me, makes me feel I'm getting my monies worth!!
**Note: Not all natural riders are like the person I described above, I was just using it as an example to give a badge to those who need the extra homework! :) :)**
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man." ~ Sir Winston Churchill