That's awesome. Anyone who has ever said that horseback riding isn't a sport has never really ridden a horse properly. ;)
I agree with tinyliny that you have a great future ahead of you in horsemanship. You're very observant and willing to make changes when you realize that something you're doing isn't working. You'd be surprised how many people come to this forum with an issue and argue with the members who are offering advice.
This is really one of the best horse communities I've found on the internet. There is an absolute wealth of knowledge here, and it's a great place to learn. I noticed your status is that you're "doing as much research as possible as to be a good horse owner in the future," and I think that is great. Welcome to the community. I hope you stick around! :)