So it's a bit of a long story but basically after 10 years as a jumper, I'm teaching myself dressage (without a trainer, unfortunately). Zeb is an older gelding, trained through 2nd level but due to some issues hasn't been in work in a while. He's also been very unpredictable when it comes to bucking and spooking - I actually had to bail off him earlier today
Anyway. Zeb knows his stuff, but I've only been riding him for 2 months so we're still getting back into shape.
I'm mostly looking for a critique on myself because I figure that once I sort myself out, he'll sort of follow.
I apologize for the illfitting sweater I'm wearing in both videos (two days in a row, woops).
It's also probably worth noting that 2 weeks ago, I got stepped on by a horse and fractured my foot in two places. Zeb had some time off because of that and the videos I have are our first and second rides back.
He's very scared and stupid in the far end of the arena, and you can probably see him backing off every time we head that way. I need to man up and start carrying a whip with him, probably.
Right now, I'm mostly just stoked that I've got him going forward instead of up.
OH and I was totally cheating on the downward transitions because I learned that he was voice trained and would totally stop if asked, haha.
So. I'm trying to teach myself to go from hunter/jumpers to dressage. Any tips?