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        04-12-2012, 10:09 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    My first instructor (since I started riding again as an adult) was a great instructor, but wasn't so great at working with a fearful adult with a few physical issues. I often felt belittled, and was often yelled at for requesting more information if I didn't understand something.

    My new instructor is wonderful. I didn't like her at first, and actually stopped my lessons for awhile. However, now I see that I needed the confidence to build on my own in order to continue learning. We have a lot of fun during our lessons, and although she is strict in regards to proper technique, I am learning so much!
         
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        04-12-2012, 11:37 AM
      #12
    Foal
    My first was very average. No specialized attention, group of students a bit too large probably, I don't remember her lessons too well. She moved from the barn.

    My second was fantastic. He taught me a lot and really helped my confidence. I learned to groom, tack up, lunge, AND ride from him. He helped my position a little but it still wasn't super good. I moved to a different country.

    My longest running instructor was great. She taught me SO much. We worked mostly on Dressage, learned to do Driving, etc. I worked for her for a couple of years. Helped my confidence, my position, my body language on the ground, taught me how to train, put a lot of faith into me. I adored her. I want to go back to her. I might someday. I moved.

    Took a couple of lessons with a Dressage instructor with good credentials, but didn't really "click" with her. Moved again.

    Took one lesson with a H/J trainer. It was nice to be on a horse again but I didn't like the style of riding. She was okay. Super encouraging but the arena had a bunch of other horses in it which for what I was paying both to her and in gas to get there, I want an arena to myself. Got injured a few days after my first lesson and had to skip two, then just decided not to go back.

    The instructor I have now is pretty good.. She's helping me with my position a lot. I have leg issues. I've only had 3 lessons with her. I would like to go back to my other trainer but I feel awkward about it for some reason. This one is young but talented, however doesn't have as much Dressage background as I'd like. I'm going to continue with her for a while, she's super friendly and fun to talk to and I feel like I can continue to learn from her for a while.
         

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