Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I think you are great, you know your limits and are willing to pass them onto another trainer when they are ready.
About trainers - chose one carefully, I might not have chosen my trainer based on how she is with me, but how she understands my horse is worth every penny.
My experiences, I have a trainer, she is golden to me. She tells me in no uncertain terms when I mess up. Sometimes this bothers me, until I think on it and then I love her for it. I don't think I show this to her, as how could I without being weird?
My last lesson with her, I was practising for a dressage test, she said 'perfect' and I totally fudged up the incoming corner. She shouted why did you do that? I explained that she said perfect and she told me she was talking about the horse and not me. LMAO, why don't you tell me how you really feel?
But I love her for this, I love her, I cannot say it enough and while she is a friend, at the same time I am paying her, I am not looking for her to be a friend if that makes sense.
Today my horse had an abscess and she called the farrier before she called me. He arrived 10 mins after I did. I am thankful of my farriers time, and I did not have my horse in from the field. So I nicely asked why she did not call me first. She said, I am paid to look after your horse. And she is right.
So this is a very long winded way of saying that a good trainer is a gem and you don't have to say what they want to hear. I pay my trainer because I want to hear something more experienced that I am.