Hi There, I am new to the forum - again. I apparently signed up some years ago but never got around to logging in on a regular basis.
In saying that, my question is: how can you know if your dressage trainer is holding you back? Meaning, if you have been happy with your training but after a while you feel like you’re working on the same thing or they discourage you from trying other more advanced skills (say, one tempis or piaffe or showing at a certain level). Is it possible they’re holding you back? I once had a trainer tell me (long long long time ago) that I should not canter. That I “could not” canter. I was afraid of it and it got in my head that I could not canter on my horse. I moved stables, started training with a new trainer who said “What do you mean you can’t canter?” She put me on her horse on the longe line and sure enough, I could, in fact, canter. I realized, after the fact, that the first trainer, for whatever reason (I was a very beginning adult rider) was holding me back. Maybe deliberately, maybe not. This is quite likely the opposite of being “pushed” too hard and beyond your comfort zone.
Now I’m trying to get out of Inter I and into more GP movements and find myself in an eerily similar situation. Not knowing my horse’s limitations (his canter is not stellar and he is mid-teens in age) I wonder if this is a trainer who is holding me back and discouraging me from competing and doing “more”?