Is your horse a Happy Athlete?
You and your horse have a lot of great stuff happening! I hope you realize the importance of what you have accomplished.
From here it is about refinement of the aids and preserving everything you have even as you advance up the levels of whatever discipline you do. This is what I call the Upward Spiral Of Success.
You are able to move in harmony with a horse who is in the Sweet Spot (relaxed, energized, balanced, and free in a positive connection with the reins). Next you want to learn the 3 categories of gymnastic exercises, discover the 6 Essential Gymnastic Abilities, and know how to create strength, stamina, and coordination.
My Best Advice:
Be careful not to get so immersed in any specific discipline that you forget what created the success you are enjoying now. As you advance your training, your relationship and foundation with your horse will need to continually grow. It is not something you can ‘leave behind’; you have to take it with you.
Make sure you have a community of like-minded individuals to keep you grounded in your principles and priorities, and mindfully choose your more advanced instructors.
The BEST Dressage Naturally resource for you is the Video Classroom.
The Classroom has a wide range of videos that will show you examples of how to find the Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics in a way that will honor and strengthen your partnership. I think you will also love the book/video: Dressage Naturally… Results In Harmony. When you start your Free Trial in the Classroom, look for the opportunity to get the book/video set at a special reduced price for first-time Classroom members!