I think it's really hard for a beginner to get their heads around the time it may take to train a horse to do a particular movement or to understand an aid for example.
We are flooded on the internet by trainers and forums who claim to achieve XYZ in two weeks, four weeks etc.
But how long do things really take to achieve properly? It's so easy to get despondent at how slow things happen and feel inadequate in our little attempts to get it right.
This isn't a bragging thread by the way. I don't think it helps the learner to hear how fast someone else can do something (to whatever standard). What I'd like to know is how much time did you put into a particular move or action for both you and the horse to understand it to a high standard that carried to another rider being able to achieve the same thing on the horse?
I also appreciate that the learning never ends and that great eventers for example may be nine, ten, fifteen plus years old.
I read so many good training tips from some of you that it would be nice to hear how long it may take to reach a standard you're happy with.