I had a terribly ignorant trainer who starved her horses, tried to suck the money out of me for jipping me for working for her, and tried to get me to pay double the rate for a partial board to help pay for her said starving horses. She knew absolutely nothing. I paid simply for riding time, and after a while became agitated with her cluttered and unprofessional behaviour. When I sprained my knee, I took great distance from her.
In the process of searching for jobs, I emailed about 15 local stables.
One of which responded. I delayed, however I soon contacted the woman. She is very normal. She is very nice, clean, polite, professional, and easy to strike conversations with. Her horses are healthy and kind. We agreed on 6 hours per one lesson, which is equivalent of working approximately minimum wage without tax deductions, plus the experience I get. I love this job, doing hard honest labour and feeling the pain in my muscles. Her horses are loose around the corrals, pasture, and etc that I am working in (not out in the yard, but closed behind where I work) so a few specifics (usually ponies) take interest in me and can be friendly (they just want food, really).
Today was my third day working a two hour shift, so tomorrow we set for a lesson. I'm very excited! I'm still nervous about mounting, because I have always used a handicap ramp, however I do feel many techniques exist which were never taught to me, and I'm hoping to learn groundwork from her. Horse riding has greatly helped my balance and stability. I was doing well at a trot since I switched, however the horse I was moved to was an onery old ***** who did absolutely nothing but be barn sour (and she wasn't even really broken...) and disobey my seat aids. The trainer refused to let me ride the jumper/barrel racer I barrel raced with, and clicked with well. He responded to my cues with ease, and I had a connection with him.
ANYWAYS, I'm excited for tomorrow at 6:30. I'm not sure what all is going to happen, but I know I will get a lot out of her lessons and I'm excited (and nervous!!) to be back on a horse!