What do YOU look for?

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        06-08-2009, 03:17 PM
    What do YOU look for?

    I might be switching barns to somewhere closer, and I thought I'd hear your opinions. What do you look for in a lesson barn? What aspect of the place is most important to you?

    Also. What do you look for in an instructor?

    And, if anyone could be so kind as to give me their opinion on claytonridge.com it would be awesome. I've only ever taken lessons at one barn but I've been at two, so I don't know what to look for.
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        06-09-2009, 12:16 PM
    I look for one on one attention. To me that is more important than anything. Value for my money...meaning if I pay for an hours instruction it doesn't include tacking up or visiting a whole bunch. A trainer who practices what they preach...meaning they have accomplished what I am trying to get them to teach me. For me that means a competitive show record. For other people it means they are an accomplished trail rider with loads of miles. All depends on what your are looking for. And a clean barn with well fed horses that HAVE turn-out. I don't board but if I did I would ask for atleast 3 references.
        06-09-2009, 12:34 PM
    What are the lesson horses like?

    How nice is the instructor (believe me, this is important, I've had one HORRIBLE instuctor, I quit hunt seat after that)

    Does the instuctor yell? Some people don't mind when they yell, some people do, my mom can't stand it when Mrs. Jenny yells, but I don't mind it.

    How focused is the instructor on the lesson? Some trainers get SO distracted w/ other things/barn things/talking with friends.

    Does your trainer praise you and tell you what you do right, instead of only telling you what you need to work on? Constructive criticism.

    Make sure they are nice to the school horses and ask if they get turned out regularly.

    Make sure none of the lesson horses are studs.

    Does the trainer spend time with each person in the lesson individually?

    Does the trainer ever tell you to hit the horses too much or when they don't need it (some trainers can be downright cruel to horses, some, not all)

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