Originally Posted by xdrybonesxvalleyx View Post
My trainer says I should not get a horse until I am able to mount without the handicapped ramp. Therefore, my father and I are determined to prove her wrong and we are building an attachment to our swingset to simulate the height and such of mounting a horse approximately 15hh.
Good for you! Using a ramp, a mounting block, or a tree stump is all the same. I have to help my wife mount at times due to her arthritis. Don't let anyone tell you this is a problem.
I am confused. Because she focused on western, I will have to change anyways. Her words seem discouraging. I know she means the best, but I feel I will have to change to an English rider anyways.
Find somewhere to ride the way you want, Western or English.
I believe that her lessons arenn't as much education as they are simply practicing riding--many of the stuff she tells me I am already aware of, and I feel I'm just paying for riding time.
There are always things to learn, but at least 90% is just as you say...time in the saddle, for you and
the horse. Nothing replaces hours and miles riding.
My only fear is that she might be teaching me bad habits.
A tough one. There are so many styles of teaching and riding. As far as I'm concerned, if you and your horse work together well to do what you want, you're doing fine.
I don't know if I should bring her along anymore, or if I should get a friend, or what. If I say, ride a horse, and decide that I want to buy it, would a vet check be sufficient enough (I was going to do one anyways) to tell me everything that my trainer would be able to notice? I am considering riding horses with my father (who is not experienced with horses, but just support and transortation), after seeing them ridden, tacking them up, and catching them--and if I am still interested doing a vet check. Assuming if they've shown before they must be capable, wouldn't they? I don't know if I trust her judgement anymore. From my experiences, her horses are still thin and not as well cared for as they should be.
If you don't trust her, don't take her, but do find an experienced professional. A vet check will cover most of the medical possibilities, but the important part of having an experienced trainer or instructor with you is (objectively) seeing if the horse is 'right' for you. A horse that has been shown can be a plus, but I wouldn't put it on the top of the list of important things to consider, and make sure you see the performance report and not just take someone's word.