Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The lady who trained two of our horses and who taught my daughter for a couple of years was very straightforward about it - she would teach horse or rider whatever they could learn, but she couldn't control what that pace would be. She wanted to know what a student's goal was, or the goal for a horse, and then she would try to get them as far toward that goal as she could in the time she had.
She currently has a waiting list using that approach, both for working horses and working with riders. She did try one of those 'trainer challenges' with an unbroke horse a year ago. Apart from swearing she would never do it again, she then kept the horse for an extra 6 weeks at her own expense because she felt the horse needed it.
That attitude seems to work fine for her as a businesswoman, as well as a trainer. Good word-of-mouth counts for a lot.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."