Originally Posted by tenkides
I am a novice rider with a little bit trained horse in western. I have had several people say that dressage/ jumping would help me and my horse. Also I photos in my album. I hust don't know anything about that type of stuff. I have poles and that I just want to start him right but I don't know how. Also I don't make enough to get lessons. I already clean stalls every Saturday to help get a job.
I get that. What I meant was that a trainer will be there to see what your horse is doing. Not if he's going Western, I mean what he's doing in if he's moving forward correctly, if he's straight, if he's dropping his shoulder, or is tense, etc. We can't tell you how to feel that. A trainer will be able to see if you are going straight, if your posture is correct, if your hands are too heavy, etc. We can't tell you how to feel if you're correctly positioned.
Jumping is something you shouldn't be doing without the riding skill and knowledge, or a trainer's knowledge. It can escalate into dangerous behavior and can also cause a lot of dangerous/bad habits in both you and your horse.
Dressage is also something we can't explain. A lot of it is theory-based. For example, an exercise that helps with relaxation for my horse, will probably be completely incorrect for your horse. There's entirely too many possibilities for us to be able to tell you what to do.
It's not that we don't want to help to. We'd love to be able to help you. The help you need is just not something that can be given in written posts.