For the past few years, I've been taking dressage riding lessons. I'm the type of person who always likes to learn how to do things better. Whether I'm cooking, sewing, reading or learn to run a meeting, I always like to find the best way to do things. I decided that it wasn't enough to read books and watch videos to improve my riding skills. And after a year of lessons, I feel the decision has paid off. While books and videos can provide a lot of information about what you need to know, and a video camera can help you understand what is going on with your riding, there's nothing like having the real time feedback provided by a coach. Not only can a coach or instructor teach you new skills and encourage you to try new approaches to riding problems, they can also help you break long standing bad habits, that might be inhibiting you from getting the very best from your horse. It's so true that as long as you are doing everything right, you make it much easier for your horse to do things right too. A riding coach can help you learn how to use your hands, legs and body to influence and control your horse, whether you ride English or western, on the trail or in the ring.
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