Thanks for posting this! I'm not going crazy!
I'd been heavily involved in horses from 1976 until a couple of years ago.
My poor trainer (who is not a horse person) doesn't get why I'm still stuck on some of these things, old habits and all, 'Whaddya mean I can't look in the direction I want my dog to go?' LOL!
He also says 'pattern training' is a no-no but in reading Sheila Booth's book "Schutzhund Obedience, Training in Drive" she explains her reasoning
why it's O.K.
I'm going to be good though and keep working at it!
Here too. I'm 24 and have been riding since I was 3 1/2. I sold my last horse what will be 2 years ago this summer. I've dabbled in all different disciplines... and it's the same for all. Help the horse with your aids. Eyes, shoulders, hands, hips, upper/lower legs, and heels. When jumping... Look to the direction of your next jump.... let the horse know where you want them to go next.... this gives you your lead change and tight turns coming off the jump. Dressage, is the same... lots and lots of "handler help".
I'm notorious for looking where I want them to go... or when going into a down/sit in motion, my hand moves to "help" the dog. I know I shouldn't, and I try not to, but it's such a habit. With Duke I had to be very animated to get him to work "up" and not flat like he is naturally. And with the puppy, you help them to understand when they are young..
Like you, I have a trainer who is not a horse person either. So for him, he just doesn't get why it's so ingrained in my head.
Another problem I have from coming from the horse training first is.... because I dealt with a lot of high energy horses (OTTB, Warmbloods, horses that were giving owners issues, and rescued mustangs), It was very hard for me to be high energy and silly when training the dogs. Back with the horses, I had to have very quiet energy, very calming, and relaxing. That's been my hardest lesson to learn.... Still find myself going "flat" as my trainer says. lol. Like we all say out at class.... we are there for handler training more then dog training.