I came back to riding after a 15 yr hiatus. I was a fairly good local hunter jumper rider. I came back to learn dressage at 45 years old. I always need to know WHY...I have always understood form and function go hand in hand. My first lesson back was almost entirely walking do to all my questions. She was able to explain where and how to "use my seat"..she understands the biomechanics of the rider's body with the horse's. She can explain it, demonstrate it, and teach it. She continually works to improve herself and her teaching abilty. She always has a smile in her face! I tore my shoulder, and she worked me on a lunge line to keep me in a saddle! I am slowly relearning to ride, but it feels good to know how and why my body affects my mare..we are mismatch too. 5' tall and 16 hands! If want to learn true horsemanship and sportsmanship, give her a try! You won't regret it!