Beginner: What am I looking at?
So in the middle of my mid-life crisis I had a “great” idea. I decided to buy a horse! And I did. Yes, I purchased an absolutely gorgeous, untrained Thoroughbred, (unless you count race training), and I had no clue where to even start, until I came across some training dvd’s. I decided to give them a try and even though I did make some progress, it landed me in the dirt more times than I care to discuss.
I finally made the decision that Dressage was the discipline that I wanted to ride. My horse is currently in training and I have been taking lessons from a certified instructor for about 6 months.
I love Dressage and my lessons have become my therapy. Everything seems to be coming together nicely, but I want to know more. I want to better understand what it is I am looking at when I watch a test at a show. I honestly don’t know how to describe a horse’s movements. My description of what I am viewing would be vague at best, so what can I do to help me better understand what is going on? I would love to be able to spot a horse dropping his shoulder and know what the rider did or didn’t do, to make the horse drop the shoulder. I can usually pick out when something isn’t quite right, but I can’t tell you what or why something wasn’t correct. And there are numerous times when I don’t spot a thing.
I have searched the internet extensively and it’s just too much info. I end up getting overwhelmed and shutting down. Any advice on how I can learn this a little faster will be much appreciated. Not knowing what is really going on is driving me crazy!