I have a dressage lesson Saturday!
I’ve been really struggling to find a dressage instructor near me who has ridden at a level higher than me, can teach it effectively, and I can access them without requiring a four hour haul.
Oh, and that aren’t over $100 per 45 minute lesson.
I learned about this trainer after attending one of the GMO hosted clinics in my area. I’d never heard of her before, so I was really delighted with how effective she was as an instructor with some really run-of-the-mill type horses.
Then I had the opportunity to see her teach again at an eventing barn.
I’m extremely hopeful that she’ll be able to help Joy and I fill in the holes in our training.
So that’s my big news this week.
I already signed up for second lesson with her the beginning of July.
I’m a little nervous about it. Every instructor is unique in how they approach things. Sometimes their approach conflicts with the ways I was taught previously. This isn’t usually an issue if the instructor is knowledgeable enough to convey why the change is needed, or what it will improve, but I find I’m resistant to change if the “why” for why it should change isn’t clear.
I have a hard time blindly trusting people the way you need to trust your trainer.
But I’m hopeful about this trainer/instructor. She seems to know her stuff, she’s ridden through PSG, her scores match up with what she’s claimed, and it appears she’s taken horses from training level up through PSG.
So, I’m hopeful. And it feels really good to be “hopeful” again.