Dressage riders must be quick-thinkers and problem solvers.
I instruct my students to break down their difficulties and have them quickly tell me what they need to do as a correction. Many times riders feel overwhelmed with the fact that their figures and movements aren’t maintaining quality. I encourage them to think in terms of gradual improvements. Instead of riding for perfection, I have them ride to do better. As they ride the long side the tell me what they feel is needed fundamentally to improve. Impulsion, straightness, steady