As a dressage coach/trainer/instructor, I think it's important that we all focus on riding to the best of our ability, including maintaing a classically correct position, so that we can be in balance with our horses, and give the most clear, coherant, and precise aids. We should aim to use light & refined aids, which are as near to invisible as we can manage. It is imperative that we avoiding "handy" riding or a "pull & kick" approach because, in almost all cases, this is utterly unncessary, and of no benefit to the rider or the horse in the longer-term. We also should consider a horse's natural behaviour, and try to understand why they do as they do before getting angry and disicplining them unnecessarily or harshly. Ultimately, almost all of us want our horses to be relaxed, happy and to enjoy doing their job rather than being forced to do something physically or mentally beyond their capabilities.
I believe that, as riders, we need to be knowledgable, skillful and educated in order to ride sympathetically and sensatively, with the utmost respect and understanding for our horses, without compromising our control or safety.
I also believe that taking longer with a horse's training in the early days is hugely beneficial, and will pay dividends in the longer-term. Intiailly, it may feel as though we aren't getting anywhere, or we might not see the quick improvement that we want, but at the higher levels the horse's progress is likely to be accelerated greatly by proper foundations. By "proper foundations" I'm referring to building rythm, relaxation, and strength by utilising transitions, lateral work and school movements in a longer frame, allowing them to be truly "through" and "over the back" before being asked to collect, or to work in a higher frame.
My Coaching Style
I offer non-judgemental, positive approach which focuses on your strengths, without neglecting your weaknesses. I aim to educate, and encourage my clients to use their independent thought so they can ride autonomously, and get the same results away from lessons.
My Definition of Classical Training
You can read about my definition of classical training here (on my blog).