I thought of you & Lacey when I rode this morning. As some of you know, I'm a predominantly western rider (working type QH's) but have in the past ridden hunt seat & jumped. I bought myself a gentle giant of a Hanoverian to use for lesson students and for me to have a little feel 16 again fun with.
Missy had a career as a jumper & dressage mare, but she has me for an owner now and I have NEVER ridden dressage. One of only a couple things I've not tried and well being a jockey because I was never blessed with being small enough
I picked up a dressage saddle awhile back and got leathers & irons for it for Christmas. We have been trying it out the last few days. It is so different for me riding with the contact she needs and sitting her ginormous working trot. This morning we made 6 full laps around the arena in complete sync and both of us working our booty's off! It felt FANTASTIC, the old girl just came alive under me! I'm now wishing I'd have tried it sooner. For now I'm watching lots of Jane Savoie vids and plan to take lessons in the spring when I won't have to trailer an hour one way on crummy winter roads.
In summary, maybe old dogs can learn new tricks after all!