Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
I've been umming and ahhing about the coaches I've been using. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either of them as coaches, but I felt like I needed a change.
My main coach I've been with for years now, and I feel that we've become friends rather than coach and student, and I've been paying her for us to gossip rather than work. Which is partly my fault, I'm happy to stop and gossip but it's not helping me progress.
The other coach gets some fantastic work out of us, but in the last 2 or 3 lessons I've had with her she's been rather negative about my mare and her prospects. I know that she's never going to be competitive once we hit the higher levels, I'm happy with that. Unfortunately the coach isn't able to accept that I would rather have a go with my mare than get rid of her and buy something else (that she's found for me, she's also a dealer). Also, Key works beautifully in the lessons, but she doesn't enjoy working the way that the coach is asking us to.
So I made the decision to try a new coach. I wanted to go with someone that is able to work with us on the flat and also over fences, so I was looking at the top local Eventers that also coach. I booked a lesson with Sophie after watching her do a demonstration at an open clinic. I had my first lesson on Monday, and it was great! Her way of teaching really suits my way of learning. We went right back to basics. I worked on sharpening up the stop and go buttons, which in turn made our lateral work and transitions so much more crisp and precise. I'm really happy that I've made the switch, and my mare felt so much happier during the lesson as well :)