Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Email to Potential New Coach... Too Much??
Coaches... If a potential client emailed you this, would you think it is too much, or would you appreciate the fact that they are trying to make it clear where they are in their abilities?
I am wondering if I overdid it, or if I am just being paranoid.
I am currently looking into lessons barns for a possible transition. Although I love my current coach, it feels like the right time to put out feelers to find a new "home". However, shift work poses a potential problem, as two weeks of the month are an afternoon shift, requiring a mid-day lesson. (1 pm on Tuesdays has been the arrangement for the past two years, with two week night lessons, 6pm or later). Do you have any openings in your lesson program right now?
Right now, I would consider my skill level around the "novice" area. The past few years, any schooling show that I have entered has been in the Novice division, as I use a school horse. Currently in lessons, fences are about 2'6", and are confidently jumped. In a few clinics, I have jumped slightly higher by being pushed. Spurs are able to be used without poking a horse over jumps and on landing. Pelham can be used well, and off of the snaffle rein, not the curb. I do have some troubles switching my crop to my left hand and using it when needed, as a result of grooming/jogging Standardbreds. When I make a mistake riding, I can normally pick out what it was, and can figure out how to fix it. Not always able to get a horse on the bit, but understand the mechanics behind it, and work hard at getting the horse in front of my leg and using their hind end.
I would consider my main riding goal to continue to improve as a rider and a horsewoman , while maintaining the fun part of it. My favourite people to take lessons with are the ones that are able to laugh at their mistakes, but still be slightly perfectionists about their riding. I enjoy the mix of group lessons with my 1x a month private, as I get to watch other people to help with the learning process, as well as being able to have the chance to just focus on my own riding. Showing is not an important thing to me, although I do enjoy the opportunity of seeing where I stand among other riders of an equal level. Fall fairs and schooling shows are in the right budget for me, but would love to do a Fox Run (non Trillium) show again. I also enjoy riding in clinics (or auditing) when the chance presents itself, as it is another way to learn, and take things away to use in my own riding.
Sorry for the long email, but it is so much easier to be upfront about abilities and expectations!
If it would fit into your schedule, I am available next week in the evenings for a trial lesson, or the following week for a midday trial lesson.
Thank you so much for your time!
(I did just "like" your page this evening on Facebook. There are videos/pictures of me riding available on my profile. Please feel free to view them if it would help you place me better in a lesson.)
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus