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  • Dressage trainers, having more than one
  • Thoughts on two trainers for one horse

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    02-06-2012, 07:10 PM
Multiple instructors

Does anyone have more than 1 riding instructor, if so what are the pros and cons to that?
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    02-06-2012, 08:24 PM
Nope I like having one instructor so I can we can get to know each other and my strengths and weaknesses
    02-06-2012, 10:48 PM
I have two instructors. I go to each place once a week (sometimes 2times) so I know both instructors well and they both know my strengths and weaknesses. They both know that I take lessons at another place and are fine with it. I don't have my own horse and one of the places I go only has one lesson horse - this way I am learning to ride in general and not just learning to ride one horse.

The way I thought about it, was that when I was ski racing I always had at least 3 coaches at a time, each have their own focus. As long as their methods are not drastically different you can get a lot out of different people.
    02-06-2012, 11:20 PM
Just be careful.. each instructor teaches things differently, thinks about things differently. You don't want to be in a situation where one tells you something is okay but the other tells you never to do that again. Or one tells you in order to get the outcome you want, you have to do B and then C, then the other tells you no it's all about A and B then G... then you're going to be one confused cookie.

On the other hand, you will learn from different perspectives and different ways, though slight.

It's a bittersweet deal.
    02-06-2012, 11:22 PM
What type of riding do you do? Would having 2 instructors be beneficial in experiencing riding different types of horses and learning different styles (as long as the differences aren't too drastic) or would it just be confusing?
I'm not really looking into it but I've noticed that there are some that do have 2 riding instructors and was just curious.
    02-06-2012, 11:26 PM
Green Broke
I use two different instructors.

One for jumping & then one for dressage. Though, I started doing this when I started becoming a more serious & competitive rider. Both instructors know eachother & have similarities in their teaching styles. Sometimes, if I'm approaching a big show - I'll have up to four lessons in a week. Or leave him at a coaches place for two days. I think it would be harder if you were using school horses & were having more of a barn experience.

I'm not sure - I just find it better having an instructor who 'experts' in Show Jumping & the other in dressage. I also have a 'trainer' who helps me with everything when I come across the issues.
    02-06-2012, 11:28 PM
It depends on how you are able to handle it and distinguish.

That's like having two people lease one horse. One girl rides him Western pleasure and the guy rides him Hunters.

Or two people lease one horse. One rides Dressage, the other does Hunters.

You could either benefit from each different kind of style. Maybe one focuses on going through the motions.. riding broke horses and w/t/cing them, while the other focuses on breaking down each step in the walk, in the trot, and the canter and has you on the lungeline.

It could be good.. it could be bad. It's up to you :)

Personally I was riding English with one (and my horse) and riding in an English saddle but bridless with the other with a focus on body mechanics.

They went hand in hand.. but it doesn't always work out like that
    02-06-2012, 11:37 PM
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I have a nine year old student who has three instructors. One for vaulting, me for dressage and jumping, and another for hunters. I have no problems with it at all. I do not do hunters and have no idea of the ins and outs of it.

No one can learn too much and every instructor has a wealth of knowledge. It is a matter of putting everything in your "bag of tricks". It will all be used....sooner or later.
    02-06-2012, 11:39 PM
I have one, but if there was a vaulting instructor around, I would be there like a dirty shirt.
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    02-06-2012, 11:52 PM
I have two, but ones for a showing/jumping career and the other really just keeps me with girls my age riding and we do some BLM projects and breaking. It depends on what your doing when it comes to 2 different instructors.

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