Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
Also ask for references of current and more importantly past students. If they aren't willing that should send up a red flag.
I am not sure how one would give a reference for a past student. This would not be a red flag for me. The horse industry is very fluid. People change trainers. Not always because one was truly bad or such. Very few people simply stop riding and say to their trainer after their last lesson, "feel free to have people call me for a reference for your".
I can see it being appropriate if the trainer you are looking at is advertised as a beginner level instructor who then passes their kids along to a higher level trainer when they get to that point.
I can see it working for the college coach too. As those students go back home or move to other areas when they are done with school. But the OP is looking outside the college program.