So, I'm kinda stuck here. I REALLY want to start taking dressage lessons with Zeus. I feel it'll improve my riding, my communication with him, and his responsiveness. Here's the deal though. The dressage trainer at my barn, whom EVERYONE recommends, (great riders, great horses, looks like good lessons), seems a little off to me. I dunno, I just don't really like what I see in her as a person. There's little doubt in my mind that she's a good trainer but I just don't know. Now there's another trainer that is also highly recommended, she teaches hunter/jumper, and while that's not dressage, a good trainer is a good trainer and there's always something to learn, regardless of the discipline. I do eventually want to jump with him, and it's not a question of if, he can definitely jump, but more of when. We could take flat lessons from her, and she seems like a nice person and trainer. But will she teach me anything that I can use? My last hunter/jumper trainer when I was much younger only taught me to sit pretty and pose over jumps.
I figure I'd take a lesson from the dressage trainer and see what it's like. That's the direction I'm leaning in but what do you guys think? If there really is something off about her or her methods than I can split, if not than awesome. I really hope she doesn't just teach headset and bumbling along on the forehand, I've had enough crappy trainers teach me ALL about that. Now I have a horse with talent and potential for dressage and I really want to get a good start in this.
Thanks for listening to me ramble.