Firstly, I am so proud of you for taking that innitiative and putting the power into your hands to learn, to grow and to aquire all that you can through lessons and working hard together, as a team.
What has your coach been working on with you?
Thank you, MIE!
The trainer was recommended to me by some local dressage folks and they said "she's not sugar-coated if you are OK with it". Heck, so far she was the most encouraging trainer I ever dealt with. And she likes horses I can tell that - I mean ALL horses, not just fancy-shmancy ones like couple other instructors I worked with.
Basically my horse was HORRIBLE on front and all stiff. So that was my biggest issue (IMO at that time), and I brought it up to her on 1st lesson. So... She basically started with the basis: rhythm & straightness (as we lacked both of them terribly), and my position. I found out that with all reading I did (and lessons I took) my understanding of half-halt was incorrect. So that's what she started to educate me on: correct half-halts. Then (after number of lessons when we reached some rhythm and straightness) asking for more roundness, correct transitions, etc. She's really good about explanations and showing what she means/talks about. That's a great help (like I had a trainer who yelled "sit tall" and never explained what it means....
). The big challenge with Jemma (my qh) is that she's very long in body, so when I pick the front, the back (impulsion) is gone, so she needs constant encouragement to keep everything together.
That's what we are working on at the moment.
And I have another horse I work with (my paint). I have to get video of her too. She's not as smart (unfortunately), but she's built better (very compact).