Hi all! I just recently joined the forum and am loving all the information that is readily available. I am looking for some advice. When I was younger I participated in western pleasure riding lessons. The horses were neck reined and relied on heavy leg pressure for cues. I am now an adult and just getting back into the equestrian lifestyle. I ride at a local barn and my friend is helping with training and riding. Unfortunately I feel like a complete mess. I had never ridden english until riding there and learning all the dressage cues has my head spinning. Is there any tips and tricks that you can provide to help with my riding? I feel like I am ruining her horse with my novice ways.
My biggest problem area is the collected jog. It seems like when I ask my mount to jog she always slips into a big trot. I feel like I just can't get her head down and end collected. But, when my friend gets on her she goes properly. I appreciate any advice and/or criticism that can be provided. I know many will say to get actual lessons but that just isn't in the budget currently.