IF you are making progress, it means you are advancing your kill. But becoming good at any physical endeavor is supposed to take 10,000 hours. That means in a year you are riding 50 hours, and half are lessons. When I was really on a quest to improve my riding (changing from one seat to another) I rode 10-12 hours a day (when not in school and about 3+ a day when I was). That means 1200-21000 a year, depending.
So, what are you 'stuck' on. It is not just practice/repetition which is needed but PERFECTING/replacing behaviors within EACH ride. Very few people are 'naturally talented', it is much better to be a (have a) student with a WORK ETHIC. A big part of becoming a better rider is independent balance, that is why years ago riders at the spanish riding school were on a lunge line for 2-3 years before being allowed to pick up the reins.
For h/j you need to spend a LOT Of time learning an independent seat/riding with and without stirrups/doing a LOT of two point to become stable (in all three gaits).
IF you havent seen your instructor for months then how are you doing lessons?
Generally speaking: make a PLAN and work the PLAN. If you dont have $$ for lessons, offer to do work to pay for them.
Last edited by equitate; 02-23-2013 at 01:16 PM.