As someone who has also recently made the switch to reining...and my BO (who used to coach a collegiate team, so she can really ride)both have similar experiences with our reining instructors. THey are both in separate states, but very talented and DO get results. However, we are constantly talking to ourselves and each other to keep our sanity. Mine is always on the phone or talking to someone else. It is hard enough to follow his instruction and hear what he is saying without him talking to someone else have the time. I get REALLY frustrated with it, and also am happy when one of the associate trainers is my instructor, even tho, they are typically also riding another horse at the same time. My Bo's trainer-is a man of few words, very literally. Tells her very little, but wants perfection. He is ALSO always on another horse. That is, after all, how they make most of their $$, training horses. Both of these are experiences on OUR horses, who are(mine is home now, so no more lessons right now either) in training, so we pay for that too. When I go and ride one of their horses, I seem to get better instruction. We are having a hard time understanding why it is so different from what we experienced in other disciplines, but I will say-it seems to be the way it is done, at least here in our area. Shoot-I just paid $175 for training at a show and all he did was tell me to lope more. Literally. BO and I both LOVE it, and are learning a ton, almost in spite of these guys.