I've been searching for a little over a week now, and still can't find a local English Instructor :(. So im wondering, how did you guys taking lessons find your riding instructor? Was it word of mouth, a newspaper, website etc? There are local trainers but they do western :/. Or they'll instruct english but they do western (to me that makes no sense though?). I use to board but I don't any more, and I havent been to a horse show in about 2 years, so I don't exactly hear word of the mouth. When I was young I took lessons at the boarding facility's we were at. I've always wanted to learn to jump, ever since I was a little girl. So when I was about 9, I had a pony, all my english tack and was starting lessons by a trainer that's mom boarded at the same stable as me. Well things didn't work out... my mom felt she was wasting her money, I already knew the basics of horse care, yet she insisted that I only work from the ground. So after several lessons and me still not even getting in the saddle we stopped the lessons. Then I started having problems with my pony, so long story short, I outgrew my english saddle, sold my crazy old pony and never turned back.
Now... lol I have a gaited horse :(, so im kind of stuck and I can't seem to find local instructors? With gas prices I simply can't afford to drive 1 hour one way to a instructor. I would buy an english saddle and just "teach" myself, but again I have a gaited horse, and though I could do saddleseat I couldn't do actual English (i'm not saying you can't jump or ride a gaited horse english, but the simple fact is you can't post to a trot that's not there ). I've debated leasing, but again not many people are offering off-site lease, and I can't afford to pay $300+ for the local horses for lease (i fell in love with a mare that would of been perfect, found out she wanted board covered which was $300, she wouldn't do off site lease and lived about 40+mins away). So basically my final option was to sell my gaited horse and replace her with something broke english and non-gaited. Does anybody have any suggestions? Is there any where else I can look? I've tried Craiglist, Horseville and some other sites, and I can't find anybody less than 40+mins away. They average anywhere from $30-$40 a lesson, so that plus gas would be just to much. Given the fact that I only make $80-$120 a month from babysitting and my fiance's job is all we have since my mother doesn't exactly support me in not riding gaited anymore (since I got a gaited horse to trail ride with her gaited horse). Sorry its long any help would be great!