thanks allison :) that was really helpful. And when me and my friend are just playing around at the barn I've had my stirrups all the way down to pretend I was riding western (we both used to ride hardcore western lol) so what would be the correct leg to fake my horse into getting all dressagy? Anddd also lol, how can I get him to get into some extension and shortening with his strides?
And are there any other maneuvers I should start teaching Cowboy now for dressage?
No faking the dressagy stuff. A real key is to always make sure your horse is going forward. I find lots of transitions between gaits help. I also do lots of serpentines. When you go to shorten strides, make sure you use tons of forward leg. Otherwise, the horse might just slow down (not shorten stride) and fall onto their forehand.
Check out Jave Savoie's youtube teaching videos. They are well done.