I am an adult rider and very new to horses, only 9 English lessons so far at a riding school stable. I have recently gotten over my fear of trotting and during my last lesson started to learn how to canter. I have done one jumping lesson at a trot and I can post pretty well.
My boyfriend just got two Paso Finos and I have been on one twice, both times at the breeder. Wow, quite a difference! I am back to being a little afraid of trotting since you do not post or hold on with your legs. I know it will just take time for me to get used to the way you ride this horse and the way you sit differently in the saddle. I got it before on the other horse, I will get it with this one soon.
The breeder is an hour from my house and has offered 3 lessons at my regular lesson price. After that the price goes way up so I am looking to find a regular instructor much closer to the horse. I heard from another Paso breeder that dressage seat is about the same as Paso riding- the skills are easily transferable. I am planning to take lessons for a long time but I want to make sure if I cannot take lessons on my horse, I am doing the next best thing. I am really just looking for hope and options in case I just cannot find Paso-specific lessons.
So does dressage seat transfer over well to a Paso? Yes, get over my fear first but that will just come with practice. I am getting a little stressed over being afraid I will fail or not progress with this new awesome horse so I welcome all advice, tips, etc.