If I had to explain in a few words how my winter in Florida so far has helped my riding, it is all about the consistancy. And that is not just referring to being able to ride most every day in sunshine, but sticking with a dressage focus and not getting off track. Whether your interest is polo, jumping or dressage, you can immerse yourself in watching good riding and listening to good instruction virtually every day. This being an Olympic year the big shows with many big name riders happen almost every weekend. And generally all this education is free or low cost and nearby.
There is also a conctant focus of training which is easier for me to maintain in this atmosphere. Each day I can build on what happened the day before, pushing thru resistance or hesitancy in a firm but gentle way. I have been cultivating the attitude of You will do this for me when dealing with my horse. So often in the recent past even, my phrase was would you please do this or at least try it. I think the happy medium I search for involves requesting in an insisting manner, if that makes sense. I do not wish to be a dictator but a firm leader - directing and always encouraging for more.