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post #21 of 34 Old 08-29-2010, 12:26 AM
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I think they need to be on the ground and focused on what the student is doing, not riding.

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Sounds like it's an overall popular sort of thing to do, but also something that should be done on a case by case basis. I like it myself. In my case, the instructor in question only ever uses one of her superbly trained personal or lesson horses while instructing. She'll sometimes ride before our lesson and by the time we come in, our lesson time is her mount's cool down period... and they're usually more than happy to just stand or walk in the center of the ring.

She's got one old schoolmaster type guy who's been her horse since college that she'll use as an example frequently. It's neat seeing how in tune they are with one another, and its a great way for him to get out and move without having to work too hard any more.
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post #23 of 34 Old 08-29-2010, 12:49 PM
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My trainer does all the time, especially with me and a few of her "favorites" because we know her very well personally and it's just a way to get more mileage on her horse (just relaxing) while giving us mileage on ours. I appreciate it too because she can show us what she wants and generally the horse she's riding is a future show prospect, which generally also turns into a horse I will eventually show lol
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My trainer does all the time, especially with me and a few of her "favorites" because we know her very well personally and it's just a way to get more mileage on her horse (just relaxing) while giving us mileage on ours. I appreciate it too because she can show us what she wants and generally the horse she's riding is a future show prospect, which generally also turns into a horse I will eventually show lol
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post #25 of 34 Old 08-29-2010, 01:32 PM
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I've never had a lesson like this, but to be honest I would be happier if my instructor would get on the horse I'm riding and show me what to do instead of bringing her own horse. Because I tend to end up on horses that if they see another horses butt it's like a magnet.

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post #26 of 34 Old 08-29-2010, 11:15 PM
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I've had a flat work instructor give a few lessons like this.
I found it to be quite helpful as I learn a lot better with visuals like that rather than just do this, this and this.
I can see how it would be intimidating for a new rider seeing someone else just say this is how it's done and bam. Perfect half halt or whatever.
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post #27 of 34 Old 08-30-2010, 07:19 AM
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Question for those of you whose instructors do this - Do they only teach one or two lessons per day or do they change out what horse they sit on every lesson or what?
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post #28 of 34 Old 08-30-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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My instructor might use the same horse during 2-3 lessons since they aren't really doing much, but she'll switch if she's already been working the horse prior to the lesson. Occasionally she'll trade out her horse for one of ours, so the most that the lesson horse would do in that case is to participate in one lesson and be the example in the other.
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post #29 of 34 Old 08-30-2010, 10:42 AM
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I've done both. Depends on several factors - what is being taught, WHO is being taught and how many other riders there are.

As has been mentioned, sometimes a visual is good - I even will pop on the students horse and have them pop on mine so they can execute the signal and feel it happening.
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post #30 of 34 Old 08-30-2010, 05:42 PM
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I've only had one or two horses at a time, so I have always used the same horse for the lessons I have had that day...since I would most often be in the middle of the pen, walking in circles following the rider, I never saw it as much of an issue...especially since I rode ALOT then...my horses were fit, so walking around while giving a lesson was nothing, hahaha!

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