05-05-2013, 02:48 PM
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I feel you. I had to go through 4 instructors at one barn before finding one that worked for me. The first one was "below" me, meaning I knew how to ride very well, but wanted to learn English. She was more of a beginner rider trainer and I was really not learning much as all. The second one has schedule conflicts with me. The third (and this is the one I'm referencing in my reply) I stuck with for almost 6 months before realizing it wasn't working.
I'm not sure if you already know how to ride and are just switching to the English saddle or if you are learning from scratch. I think the answer to that question will really make a difference in how we (everyone replying) understand the situation. If you already know how to ride and just want to start jumping, then I believe your situation was like mine.
My instrcutor knew I wanted to learn Hunters. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that balance and strong legs are huge and important. At this point I'd been riding English for about 8-10 months (again with the emphasis that I already knew how to ride just wanted to learn jumping and English) but my trainer was so much into "working on legs" that our 1.5 hour lesson was 75 min of legs 15 min MAYBE of jumping. Like in the entire lesson I would take a small cross rail maybe 5 times. The rest was two point and no stirrup and stuff like that to "make you have strong legs". Ok, I could see maybe doing this for a short period of time, but no, this was every.single.lesson. I wasn't learning jumping. Heck, I was barely jumping at all to the point where I couldn't learn anything. Forget strides and release and everything else, it was all legs. Finally I had enough of it and I got a new trainer.
If this is how you are feeling, maybe try a new trainer. I never looked back. If you aren't feeling like you are porgressing as much as you could be, and if you feel ready for more work, I'd consider switching to the one who let you canter. It is hard to say exactly how quickly you should progress because it is different for every single rider. Some riders just pick things up very quickly and have the physical strength to do so while others do not and go slower and need more time.
Let us know more about your riding in the past so we can help evaluate the situation! Best of luck, and happy riding!