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post #11 of 23 Old 10-02-2012, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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@Allison Finch- What would you do in a situation like mine? I don't own an experienced english horse, but I want to take lessons from you?

@riccil0ve- Awesome advice. That's probably what I will end up doing. That's sort of where I am at with my western lessons. I had to stop for a while when I became pregnant, and then ended up moving up north and having to sell my horse.
Later, I contacted the owner of a local barn and I told her about my qualifications, taught a sample lesson, and showed her my riding ability. We made a deal where I find my own clients (she gave me a couple to start) and I give her half of the lesson cost. So, my concern is not so much that she doesn't have one, but that I will be learning on a horse that has been trained western.
@DancingArabian - Something about how she sounded on the phone made me question her credibility. Like, she doesn't teach many lessons but she can. You know? I guess I'm just afraid I'm not going to know whether some of the stuff she will be teaching will be correct. I want to learn the right way, and not relearn something years down the road.
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post #12 of 23 Old 10-03-2012, 08:58 AM
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Quite a bit of high-level trainers in my area don't have lesson horses. My dressage trainer would be an example, jumping trainer (very fancy show barn) I used to go to didn't have any either. The reason being they are focused on teaching you and your horse as a team. Plus they have lots of lessons with private horses, so they don't need to buy/care for the lesson horse(s) for extra lessons.

As for the instructor in question, she doesn't sound like the one I personally would go to.
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@Allison Finch- What would you do in a situation like mine? I don't own an experienced english horse, but I want to take lessons from you?
Tessa, not answering for Allison , but my horses 1) not a dressagy type, and 2) knew almost nothing when I started working with my dressage trainer (were mostly used for trail riding, no professional training). I was very upfront about training level and my own riding ability when I met her for the first time, and told her that I can understand if she (USDF medalist etc.) is not interested in messing with the beginner english rider with green horse. Yet, after 8 months of lessons we started showing (with placings).

What I'm trying to say here is good trainer worth his/her weight in gold, will take a challenge on you, and will make you and the horse progress.

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I know several instructors that don't have lesson horses. I have a few myself, mainly for beginner lessons but my students that are beyond those stages all trailer in with their own horses. I don't have certifications (no need) but have a lifetime of experience riding, training & showing successfully as well as a list of students that have also been successful. I wouldn't put too much weight on the certification (with the exception of therapeutic programs) as long as the experience and references are of note.

From the way she sounds though, she didn't come across very professional and I would certainly look elsewhere. Perhaps a start would be to go to a show in the disciplines you are interested in, pay attention to the quality riders and find out where/who they ride with. A lot can be garnered by simply watching and keeping an open ear.

Good luck!
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Thanks everyone!
@MHFoundation: The problem with trying to learn english in my area is that it is SO rare. We don't have dressage, jumping, english-of-any-type shows. We have gymkhana, barrel racing, packing and trail riding. At rodeos we'll have roping, more barrel racing, steer wrestling, etc. That pretty much sums up the events in my area. There is a Ca Dressage Society show for the mendocino chapter coming up soon, it's 2 1/2 hours away, though. So will I still make the connections I'm looking for going to a show that far away?
Thanks for the advice on the certification. I guess I'll just have to go check her out and see what I think. Maybe I'll ask if I can go watch one of her lessons? I ask potential students to come watch a lesson and see what they think.
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Wooo!! I just found a forum for humboldt horses! Yeah!! So far, on the events page, we have: barrel racing, gymkhana, pack classes... oh and trail riding. Hurumph. Maybe I will be able to connect with some local professionals though. I'm stoked!! Yay!
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Woohoo! I have a lesson scheduled on Sunday at 11am with Melissa Fischbach, a classical dressage trainer! And get this- she uses Friesians for lesson horses! So I guess I can cross two things off my bucket list, Yes! It's a 3 hour drive for me but, oh well! Here's her website Melissa Fischbach Forestheart Friesians and Home of ART
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Good luck at your lesson!

You might still think about going to that show. If it's 2 1/2 hours away, maybe someone there will be from closer to your area? Worth a shot, worst case you get to watch :)

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Good luck with the lesson! Glad you find someone you are excited about!

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You're right MHFoundation Quarters, I will still try to make it to that show. That would be a good idea. Thanks kitten_Val, I kind of have this unhealthy obsession with friesians, even though I'm a western girl and love my QH's, I need to know what that feels like to ride. Haha. So, I get to start learning to ride english, (original goal) and the added bonus of doing so on a friesian. Also, she said she'd give me a $15 discount for cleaning her 3 paddocks. Woo! I can do that. :)
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