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    02-07-2012, 12:58 AM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
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.

I so agree with the bolded point. A friend of mine doesn't have a regular jumping coach. She simply goes to lots of clinic's and takes different things from different coaches.

Some things she will say - no, I don't think I'll use this. Others, she does. Also, honestly - she is one of the best riders I know! Though, she does still have a consistant coach for dressage.
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    02-07-2012, 01:03 AM
  #12
Yearling
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Ive been switching between three instructors lately, I guess the barn where I ride has been getting alot more business than usual, &the instructors arent always as available as they were before. I like it because it mean that I get three different peoples views on things - no two instructors teach exactly alike, &because whenever I see them again, about once a week or so, theyre like, "WOW, youve improved so much since last time!" &it just boosts my confidence alot. The only bad thing is that sometimes that means that I ride alot of different horses, too, &it can be hard to get used to too many peoples teaching methods. Otherwise, I don't think its too bad.
     
    02-07-2012, 01:07 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by xXSerendipityXx    
Ive been switching between three instructors lately, I guess the barn where I ride has been getting alot more business than usual, &the instructors arent always as available as they were before. I like it because it mean that I get three different peoples views on things - no two instructors teach exactly alike, &because whenever I see them again, about once a week or so, theyre like, "WOW, youve improved so much since last time!" &it just boosts my confidence alot. The only bad thing is that sometimes that means that I ride alot of different horses, too, &it can be hard to get used to too many peoples teaching methods. Otherwise, I don't think its too bad.

On the topic of riding so many different horses - I have personally learnt so much from riding the horses that I am schooling and training for their owners at the moment. As a rider, I believe that the best thing I can do for myself is take every chance I get to jump on a different horse.

Every horse will teach you something - though, maybe this is a thing that comes with experience. Being a beginner as such (not saying that you are), it could be difficult for a rider to be like - this horse has a bouncy trot, where as the other one has a very soft but lazy trot.
     
    02-07-2012, 01:24 AM
  #14
Trained
I think it depends on your experience and your ability to question and think for yourself. If you are still at the stage of relying on an instructor to tell you absolutely everything, and tell you when something is right, wrong etc. Then sticking with one instructor is going to be beneficial.

I have 2 main instructors, both teach in a fairly similar way. One however is a lot more experienced, has trained for extended periods over seas and has ridden to grand prix dressage on multiple horses. The other is at Inter 1/Inter 2 level, and has done a brief stint overseas. The more experienced coach will come over and make a drastic improvement or give me a whole new concept to think about, while the other coach will help me keep on track with this until the next visit of the more experienced coach.

I also jump on every opportunity to go to clinics with other coaches, and pick and chose what I want to take out of those lessons. I am experienced enough to know what I want to use and what works for my horse, and what does not. Every coach can teach you something, whether it is what to do, or what not to do. You just have to be smart and clued in enough to pick the differences.
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    02-07-2012, 01:24 AM
  #15
Yearling
Yeah, it has taught me alot(: Especially in the adjusting department. So I guess its not such a bad thing after all. Im not a beginner, but not anywhere near expert or anything. I just feel like I spend a good majority of my lesson time just figuring out what the horse responds to best &such. Which gets a little nervewracking for me since I just started jumping recently. Anyways, by the end of this month, Ill actually have ridden every lesson horse in the barn, so Im hoping that everything will just get easier from there(:
     
    02-07-2012, 01:45 AM
  #16
Foal
Using the same instructor can be beneficial since you build a relationship but using different instructors can be very beneficial as well. A new instructor can present something (or explain something) in a different way that makes it easier to learn- or may spot something that another instructor didn't.

It is always good to use different instructors as well because it keeps you flexible in learning styles. Being flexible and keeping an open mind in connection to learning helps you STAY flexible which helps in learning and riding in different ways. Sometimes that something new (even if its a new technique) can help quite a bit.

If you always do the same thing- imo- even if its with an instructor- you become stagnant IMO.
     
    02-07-2012, 05:41 AM
  #17
Foal
The reason I go to different instructors at the moment is actually quite different to some of the other things that people have posted. Because I don't have my own horse or a lot of experience, I go to different instructors who all do different things.

I am trying to get a broad base of experience, and ride a few different horses and become a decent balanced rider before I consider 'specialising'. Although I think that in the end I would like to do dressage, in the past 12 months I have taken lessons at dressage, show jumping and eventing stables.

So I think that taking lessons from a variety of good instructors will give me a broader base of knowledge for when I do decide to pursue a particular discipline.
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    02-07-2012, 02:16 PM
  #18
Foal
I have two instructors, both at the same farm, since I wanted to take two lessons a week. It's really been beneficial for me, since they each see different things to improve my riding, and they talk to each other about what we've done.
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    02-07-2012, 08:04 PM
  #19
Foal
I ride with two instructors and I lesson with each once a week.

I love my original instructor, but truthfully, her place is quite a haul for me, so if I miss lessoning with her due to weather/illness, etc., then I don't get to ride that week. Well, an R rated dressage judge moved close by and started offering lessons, and while I didn't want to get another trainer, I needed the saddle time.

So, I talked about it with Trainer No. 1, and she was fine with it. And she makes me send her a little report of what I did with Trainer No. 2, so she knows what I'm working on and how I'm progressing. Trainer No. 2 has no problem at all, and may even have a horse for me to lease in the next month or two.

Right now, the three of us are working on basic dressage -- doing Intro level tests and bending and learning my letters. Eventually, when summer approaches, I'll see if they'll put me back in a good hunter equitation form before the summer shows.

But I think they key is making sure all lines of communication are open, asking questions and trusting both instructors. Lord only knows, if they were teaching me completely opposite things, I wouldn't be able to do it.

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Originally Posted by Kayty    
I think it depends on your experience and your ability to question and think for yourself. If you are still at the stage of relying on an instructor to tell you absolutely everything, and tell you when something is right, wrong etc. Then sticking with one instructor is going to be beneficial.
Completely agreed. I'm old enough, and experienced enough to know what each instructor is telling me and how it compares to the other instructor and the discipline in question. So far, they're both teaching me the same things, even if Trainer 2 has fits about my toes sticking out and focuses on the ticky things, while Trainer 1 is trying to work on my sitting trot and some of the broader things.

Now, if this were a decade ago, I'd probably be a mess trying to figure out both trainers at the same time.
     
    02-08-2012, 08:22 PM
  #20
Yearling
I have many trainers(:

Pros: You get lots of opinions and help
If one's not available, another one is!
You get many views on issues
You make more friends!
You can decide how to be the best rider you can be!

Cons: If they're not on the same page, sometimes you get contradictory instruction

Overall, having many instructors is awesome!
     

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