@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.