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        02-08-2012, 08:41 PM
    I like a lot of what's been said here. I do agree that different instructors serve to provide you with different tools to use in your bag of tricks. I do ride with different instructors since each one picks on different parts of my riding. Some seem to focus more on the way the horse is moving while others pick on the rider position. No one person can teach you everything, so I'm all for mixing it up.
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        02-09-2012, 08:02 AM
    I have two. I do mostly eventing, but some hunters. One trainer does eventing, so we work on mostly dressage and xc. My other trainer does hunters and jumpers, so we do a ton of flat work, grid exercises, and course jumping. They are very similar, yet focus on different things. The main thing is though, that me and my horse are both better when we ride with either of them ! I also only take 1 lesson a month, so I will ride with one trainer a couple times, then the other a couple times, etc.
        02-09-2012, 08:11 AM
    I take private lessons with 2 instructors: dressage and eventing (jumping lessons). Both are aware of my lessons with the other.

    Pros: I learn 2 different disciplines from the very good professional in each discipline.

    Cons: It's quite expensive.
        02-10-2012, 03:05 PM
    I currently have about 6 instructors

    I go to Wilson College, and as I'm on the Dressage team and Eventing team, I have two different instructors for that, with very different teaching styles, as well as my regular instructor for my twice weekly lessons at school. Then I have a dressage and a jumping trainer at home too.

    I do like having so many opinions, as people say things in a different way, so that one thing actually clicks with me, but at the same time, its so confusing. I have 3 different dressage theories going on as well as three jumping methods, which all seem to work, its just annoying having to alter my riding style every time I get on a horse
        02-10-2012, 03:31 PM
    Originally Posted by Kelsyann    
    I currently have about 6 instructors
    Jeez girl how do you manage? I could say 2.. 3 is a crowd and 6 is half a dozen of crazy in my book!
        02-10-2012, 06:01 PM
    6? Wow. How do you keep up?

    Is learning more than 1 discipline hard or is it not as hard as it sounds? If you have been doing just basic riding for quite a few years would it be difficult or easy once you know what to do?
        02-10-2012, 06:59 PM
    I have multiple instructors... one is more expensive so I can't use him as often as I would like, and then I have my regular instructor at the barn. I also go to clinics/the really fancy guys whenever they are available. I think it helps you learn more faster. Ever since I've been riding I have ridden different disciplines and didn't think it was hard to learn more than one. However, I have always been better/focused on one more than the other.
        02-11-2012, 03:54 PM
    Well during the school year I have 4, and during the summer and winter I only have 2. But it is immensely confusing, because we also change instructors every semester at school. So there's tons of opinions pouring in from everywhere. We just started a new semester, so adjusting to my new instructor's methods and philosophies is hard. But I like having all the different knowledge.
    Everyone explains things in a different way, and some of them will say something in a way that makes total sense to me, while someone else can tell me to do the same thing in a different way and I have no clue whats going on. So it has its benefits....but I'd be fine with like 3 hahah

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