I do know of the risks, Strawberry, hence, me not going for it *lol* I still hate to see a good, healthy horse going to slaughter. Ah well ... January, I'll be fully into the search (if I regain my confidence by then, if not, it'll be later in the year. But SOMEtime, I'll get my own horse...).
I have not heard of Eric Horgan before, but am looking over his website right now.
I am VERY tempted to just let a couple of thousand bucks fly to try and get to some clinic of one of the top trainers / riders of the United States, somewhere around (any Recommendations?).
Just to get a feel for: What is it now, that I am doing right, and what is it, that I am doing wrong.
My riding is messed up. 20 years I have spent learning the basics of riding in a very yo-yo way. Due to the fact that I moved house so often, I never stayed with a trainer for longer than 2 years and every 2 years, I was told to unlearn everything I had learned before. So every 2 years (roughly), I learned riding from scratch and now I am so messed up, that I don't even know anymore what's right and what's wrong...
And thanks for the confidence. I think it's not for nothing, that Germany has been mingling on the top over the last decades on every single world championship, olympic games, etc. ... but unfortunately, just becuase I was born and raised there, automatically makes me a good rider *lol* I wish it would work that easily ;)
I love the Germany style, too, and the importance they put on riding from the Core, the hips, etc. ... but it has been so long, that by now, I really don't know what to believe anymore - and that is a horribly discouraging feeling...