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post #11 of 15 Old 08-04-2010, 12:55 PM
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Hmm...good idea sara! I am meeting a few instructors on saturday. I feel weird 'interviewing' them but I am picky on who teaches me. I may actually watch one of the classes if that is permitted just to see how it goes.
Don't feel bad trying several instructors (unless you'll fall in love with the first one). :) They are all different and what work for some people may not work for others. Also if "watching" is not permitted, I'd be careful about that particular facility/instructor. ANY trainer I talked to in area didn't mind at all for me to watch a lesson or two.
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The farm I taught at, it was up to the instructor and her particular students. I remember having to teach one of her classes and this snobby little girl told me that if I allowed people to watch, she would have me fired. I guess she had confidence issues and didn't want others watching her.
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The farm I taught at, it was up to the instructor and her particular students. I remember having to teach one of her classes and this snobby little girl told me that if I allowed people to watch, she would have me fired. I guess she had confidence issues and didn't want others watching her.
I see. I guess it happens. From my experience I've been invited to watch lessons (those with beginners as well). And I think it does make sense, because even if you don't ride you still learn (and may ask questions when the training over).
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Hi! Sorry to hear about you being forced to sell your horse. I'd say do some combo of catch riding and lessons. Dressage is great to learn, and can be applied anywhere. Any horse or rider that learns dressage is better for it. I ride a hunter, but we spend at least a day a week on basic dressage.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-11-2010, 11:28 PM
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Go for the lessons for sure. And there is never any harm in doing an appointment with the instructor and then a "unannounced" visit during lessons. This way you can see a lesson that perhaps the coach didnt want you to see ie beginners. Also, don't be afraid of having trial lessons. Everyone learns differently, so why pay someone who you can't understand and apply what they are telling you.

It was said already, but you might as well ride other horses for people for miles....on the horse and yourself. It might work out to mostly free lessons in the end as all you are giving up is your time.
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