Do you have the option of trying a trainer from another barn? If you can't go to them perhaps they can come to you.
Have you tried asking around your barn? Perhaps someone would know a trainer they recommend. Everyone had to start somewhere.
No, can't get instructors to come. There's like 15 instructors all vying for limited time in the indoor arena (we have outdoors too, but come winter and fall...), so to bring a new instructor, it's quite the process.
Yep, there's three instructors that (the good riders) tend to recommend. One doesn't come anymore really, the other is the one I don't really like, and the last is one that maybe is too advanced for me.
You should also try to attend clinics in your area if you can, talk to the other attendees, maybe you will run across some additional options that way.
Don't have a trailer, and don't really have any horsey friends at this point... so not really possible. And still recovering from the initial buy, so it'd be silly for me to rent a trailer at this point.
just out of curiosity, how do you see PK's method diffserening from other methods and how does it "fall apart" in the upper movements? And does this happen to all the horses, or just yours?
Does PK claim these methods as "his" or does he attribute them to training philosophies from well known equestrianes of the past?
This is tricky to answer, but I'd do my best, since it's still not a solid thought in my own mind. So far, PK's methods have worked GREAT for my horse. He's relaxed, stretching into contact and using his back.
My trainer is using PK's methods as he teaches them; she is one of the instructors that is part of his 'teaching teachers' program, taught by PK himself. In fact, going to the next part of the course this week in Chase, BC. As far as I can see (I've not seen his DVDs or attended his clinics, so I'm only getting second-hand stuff), he is interpreting a lot of old collection of equestrian works... so I don't know what he claims is his or what, but he calls it 'his' school of lightness.
It's hard to explain what I mean by falling apart, but it almost feels like his methods are unfinished, especially by the time it gets transfered down to a student like me. I think PK is amazing with his horses, they look happy and relaxed, but then he teaches his methods to a coach who teaches it to me. I feel that with a method that still working out kinks, it won't neccessarily transfer true to ME.
Then there's the fact that some of this trainer's students were saying how it'd be fun to teach my horse piaffe one of these days, that to me is a red flag. There's a certain order to things, and if they think of piaffe as a trick to teach...? That doesn't say anything of PK, but it does say something (perhaps) of the trainer I'm considering.
EDIT: I forgot to mention. I made a non decision almost, lol. I'm going to try a lesson with the one that is maybe too advanced for me. I love this instructor's riding, heard good things of her teaching, and maybe she's willing to take a student that's not quite high level yet, so I figure I might as well give it a go!