Do you argue with your instructor?
For starters, I'm not talking world class instructors where you dress in proper attire and show complete respect at all times. I'm just asking, with your average lesson or show barn instructor, do you ever argue or challenge his or her instructions? By argue, I do not mean rant and rave and carry on like a child, simply question the advice being given.
I ask because I recently have my first lesson with a new instructor. It was difficult from the start because she insulted my riding right out of the box and then proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes talking non-stop telling me everything I was doing wrong. Definitely not a good start, but I'm an adult and tried to hear her out. At one point she told me to do something with my horse that I simply do not at all agree with. When I asked her to explain her reasoning, she started in with all the "I train with high level instructors" and "I ride at a high level" garbage. You know, everything except a good answer. I tried to explain to her that I am not an 8 year old and thus do not always take everything at face value. If I have an issue with something, I will speak up. I take lessons to further my riding, but will toss out anything I don't find helpful for my horse. She seemed more than a bit put off by my insight to the point of suggesting we cannot work together. This creates a problem since I just move to this barn, both me and my horse love it so we're not going anywhere, and they do not let outside trainers in.
So back to original question, do you ever argue with your trainer?
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.