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        08-28-2010, 01:43 PM
    Green Broke
    I took lessons from an instructor who was usually mounted and I personally hated it. She spent more time schooling her own horse than anything, the final straw was when she brought in a 2yr old and told me to ride around and she'd watch while she did ground work with the 2yr old who had never been in the arena and was freaking out.

    My current instructor generally has a chair or mounting block but mostly is walking around helping me and has no problems hopping on my horse if she's being a **tch or she wants to show me something. Besides, someone's got to pick up the poles every single time my lazy horse knocks them down!
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        08-28-2010, 01:45 PM
    Green Broke
    My instructors have always done it occasionally when they were short on time and needed to school another horse. It has never been any different for me but maybe it's just because I'm used to it. Haha
        08-28-2010, 01:48 PM
    I assume the instructors that routinely teach while on horse back are not teaching a jumping lesson where fences need to be adjusted or moved about?

    I can only see this working well if the instructor has a dead broke will stand still no matter what type horse.

    Otherwise I would guess the students would eventually feel like they are paying for their instructor to train the horse they are sitting on.
        08-28-2010, 08:09 PM
    My instructor does it sometimes, I love it because I am a visual learner. If I need her to show me something also it saves me the hassle of getting down and having to find a way for my short legs to get back I know.

    Overall it is beneficial to me
        08-28-2010, 08:17 PM
    Actually I DID have instructor on horse. Last year I took couple lessons in team penning/sorting on my qh. So you need another person to help out anyway. However while he used dead broke trained gelding 1st time (it was a GREAT lesson), 2nd time he decided to combine the lesson ($$) with training other people horse (another $$). It was a hot youngster, knowing nothing and very unreliable. So in combination with my youngster it went horrid. I was lucky I didn't end up on ground dumped. Needless to say I didn't come back.

    So the bottom line, it's beneficial when instructor is on dead quiet horse, but not when he/she actually schooling another horse for own purpose (with the students who actually paid money for the lesson).
        08-28-2010, 08:28 PM
    My instructor does both but I PREFER when she gives my lesson while on her horse. Some things are so much harder to absorb without actually visualizing it. I can try and try and not get it and then she demonstrates and wham I have got it! I think the visual part is very important, at least for me.
        08-28-2010, 11:28 PM
    I've taught that way on more than one occasion. It can be SO much easier to a student to really be able to visualize what you are talking about...I know I am a visual learner, so when my own trainer (from years ago) did that, I loved it. The trainer who has been working with my boss's horse does the same thing, unless it's ground work of course, but then he will use his mount to do the same thing...visual learning is often the easiest way to help a student learn.

    I could easily use my girl for lessons, once she gets more solid in some of the more advanced stuff...she stands like a rock when ever I ask, and will stand for ever. Haha
        08-29-2010, 12:05 AM
    Green Broke
    I actually get EXCITED when my trainer gets on her horse, mostly because she hardly rides any more due to the overwhelming amount of work it takes to run a large boarding barn, now mostly by herself, and also because her horse is this beautiful dutch warmblood mare that has three gaits to just drool over. I also enjoy seeing what I am trying to get my horse to do demonstrated to me by a horse that knows how to do it, and because my instructor is actually doing it at that moment I think she explains it much clearer.
        08-29-2010, 12:09 AM
    I think that the bottom line comes down to, if it is being used for the benefit of the student with a horse that is actually a good demo horse it is usually a good thing. If it is so that the trainer can school a greenie/youngster and make money on a "lesson" it usually goes badly. Like someone said it's only good if you're not jumping or doing something that requires any ground crew stuff unless you have a third person that can put up poles or move equipment. All in all it is one of my favorite ways to teach AND learn personally, but only when it's done right and for the right reasons.
        08-29-2010, 12:22 AM
    It's a matter of what works for you.

    You may not know yet what works for you, in which case, you could ask your instructor to experiment with you, to find out.

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