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        12-15-2011, 12:09 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by hjequinetraining    
    Hi, alright so as a traininer, I don't think its bad starting a horse walk trot canter at the age of 2/3. I have a 3 year old now that is going wtc and started over 2 foot fences. She is doing fine. If the horse has just started grunting and pinning her ears it probly doesnt have to do with your weight but she is mad about being ridden or uncomfortable. Numerous things, another explination could be "she is a mare" . NOW, because I have been in your position before im half and half. Yes riding more horses is awesome, you develop a nack for being able to get on different horses and not be worried/uncomfortable. However, I had a coach that also did this to me and yes for the first few years it was good until I wanted to get eventing, so I bought my own horse, him and I did awesome I started eventing and still ocasionally rode a horse for her but not often. However, she wouldnt let me jump over 3 foot and I was wanting to move on. So I switched barns. I competed that horse up to 4 foot within a month a my new barn.

    Basically what I am saying is riding other hroses are good, but you have to reach for your goals too and if she isnt helping you get there then switch. A change isnt always a bad thing.













    Okay thank you! I agree completely one everything you say. And the horse always kicks out sideways during everything but a walk. She is always pinning her ears back, and the teacher PRAISES her after she does! She's like, "Dawhhh your so cute! Such a good girl!" I'm like what the heck!? I'm trying to reach my goal so by the time I graduate high school I'd be capable of showing and stuff. :)
         
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        12-15-2011, 12:14 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Why do you have to say anything. Just do not book anymore lessons. If needed just say you are taking a break and go some place else.
         
        12-15-2011, 12:26 PM
      #13
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by SarcasticMare    
    Well I rode the yearling on and off, but that isn't the point. I want to know how to tell the riding teacher I am leaving in a way that wont upset her!
    You should leave the next moment you were suggested to ride a yearling. And tell trainer right in face it's plain wrong. Not ride "on and off" and want to leave because 3 yo can't jump.

    And no, it's NOT a good idea to jump 3 yo. Even "just" 2 feet fences.
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        12-15-2011, 12:58 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I agree with kitten_val. Putting you on inexperienced horses isn't fair, especially if you have to PAY to train her horses. I was put on an off track standardbred who only paced. It only took me a couple of rides to tell that I wasn't on a horse or lesson group of my level. So I got the heck outta there! If you're not getting what you're paying for, then maybe it's time to move on, but if you're enjoying riding your trainers horses and don't mind paying to do so, then it's alright to stay. It's up to you.
         
        12-15-2011, 01:01 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SarcasticMare    
    ... I'm not trying to sound conceded, but my teacher even said I've "perfected" the walk/trot/canter! And she says my balance is amazing, my seat, my leg position, everything. She told me my jumping is amazing, my seat, my leg position, my hand position...
    If an instructor told me that, it would be my last lesson with the instructor. Amazing riders who are perfect should give lessons, not take them.
         
        12-15-2011, 01:11 PM
      #16
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SarcasticMare    
    My riding teacher isn't teaching me anything. And I am pretty much training a horse for her for free, I should be getting paid. What the heck...? I pay 50 bucks to ride a horse that I have to train myself. I think that's really stupid...
    You ask us what to tell her - tell her what you just told us.
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        12-15-2011, 01:14 PM
      #17
    Showing
    You say it to her the way you just said it. I can't understand why you have such loyalty to someone who took your money and had you training horses for her - and not helping you progress.

    Basically you spent how much money for training her horses and not getting proper instructions for it in return? You are afraid of upsetting her?!! Heck, I would be the one that was upset! You basically got taken for a lot of money.
         
        12-15-2011, 02:50 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Thumbs down Thank You

    Thank you so much guys for your support. I will tell you what she says and all. But I have so far spent 3,550 dollars on lessons with her to train her horse. I had a job, I got around 300 bucks a pay check (remember I'm in high school) and got paid twice a week. I paid her my hard earned money and she scammed me practically. I called her today to talk about it. Here's the conversation below...

    Me : Hey Ms.Chris, can we please talk about my progress in lessons?

    Teacher : -coughs- No, why would I care?

    Me : Well, I thought that we could discuss it... because I was thinking about changing barns...

    Teacher : What the hell is your issue? Aren't you thankful for anything I do for you?

    Me : Ms.Chris! I am thankful for what your doing for me...

    Teacher : Obviously you aren't, your a selfish little bratt. Just because you ride like a professional doesn't mean your queen of the world!

    Then she hung-up on me. I tried to call back 6 times, she ignored each one.
         
        12-15-2011, 03:07 PM
      #19
    Super Moderator
    Run from this barn SM...run fast and far!
         
        12-15-2011, 03:38 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    She doesnt seem like a very nice teacher :\
         

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