These days? I have to drive two and a half hours to get a lesson. By dressage standards, the lessons are moderately priced, but I also have to add in the price of gas and the haul-in fee. I am pretty much down to a lesson once a month. They're great lessons though, so the cost and effort are worth it.
I am asking because I had two rides over the past week where he was so tense that his neck was ten inches shorter than normal and his back felt painfully uncomfortable to sit on. I tried everything in my arsenal, but I never did get relaxation. He behaved (eventually), but he never relaxed.
The second thing I want to check on is whether he is accepting the outside rein better than he had been. I know he is, but I want to see where we are in that department. Of course, if we can't work through the tension issue, the lack of throughness is really hard to address.
I better hit the road. See you tomorrow!