01-28-2010, 11:19 AM
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As an adult, I can tell you that I have NO problems taking lessons from someone younger than me. My goals and needs are a bit different from younger kids. Take it as slow as she wants to go. Ask her what things she has been doing and what things she would like to work on, just to get started, then take over as "trainer" after the first lesson or two. Confidence is a BIG issue as we get older. Fear of getting hurt can impair adult riders ability to move as quickly as the kids. Before starting, ask her what her goals are. Does she just want to learn to ride a horse? Does she want to show? Does she want to excel in a particular discipline or learn the basics in several? Does she hope to one day have her own horse? Riding is very personal for adults, and they seem to have very individual goals and expectations. Also try to get a feel for how serious she wants to be, and that should help you determine how "tough" to be with her. I've found trainers that are used to "fluff" with the kids and aren't critical enough with me. I've also found trainers that are used to cracking down with the kids and try to push me way too far past my comfort zone. It's going to be a bit of a different relationship than with the kids, more open and discussion like, than the usual dictatorship with kids.
I know many trainers prefer teaching kids where they have more control. I wish trainers would just keep in mind, most adult riders are there becasue they have always had a love for horses and can now well afford it. You're not dependant on parents paying you, you'll never have them disappear for weeks because they got grounded, adults won't lose interest when they discover boys, and they're usually more than willing to learn about everything in the horse world and help with ANYTHING around the farm. Adult students can give you some sanity after dealing with kids all day!
Hope this helps!