Well, once again I can consider myself extremely lucky. My trainer and I see eye to I on everything. In my eyes she's the best there is and she grants me the room to make my own judgment call if I want to try was she offers or not. I have total freedom, but only for the reason is because she is teaching me to be a better trainer and to think and feel independently. If I feel something going on I don't hesitate to ask why it's happening. If she tells me to do something, I trust her 100%. I do it, and almost always it's instantly better. However, you're never right all the time and she will be the first to admit that. Riding and training is an exploration.
We are in it together all the way, which is why I never went back to school. I have found my place for now and I couldn't be happier.
I read post after post on here and I continue to count my lucky stars, I am truly blessed to have a totally bad-ass trainer and mentor to teach me everything she knows. lol
There are people here at our barn that don't see eye to eye on a lot fo things we do and although I have accepted that they are on a different path, it is still frustrating at times.
In my honest opinion, if the methods you chose to explore and believe in and you are working with someone who does not then no matter how good the barn is it's more worth it to find a place that really floats your boat. Not just 1/2 way.
In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.