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post #1 of 15 Old 10-28-2010, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Question about instructors

I have a question about what I should do or what you guys would do. I have been taking lessons since August with a lady, instructor A, that I really like. I think she has taught me so much thus far. However, since I bought my horse I've found that its harder to come up with the money for lessons. I just finished up a set of 4 lessons and will have to wait a bit before I can take more. She charges me $45.00 an hour and I think its well worth it. Then along comes a friend of a friend, instructor B, who does lessons for $20.00 for 45 minutes and from what I hear she's pretty good. I want to stay with instructor A but am wondering if I am hurting myself if I only take a lesson every 3-4 weeks or if I should take a lesson from her monthly and take a few from instructor B. I don't want instructor A to feel I'm not being loyal and I really don't want to learn conflicting ways to do things. I also definitely want to still take lessons from instructor A. (And as a sign note, I am a beginner rider. I can walk and trot but don't canter, yet, due to a fear I have. I am also trying to gain confidence with my self and confidence with my horse and teach him that he can trust me)

Sorry if this is confusing....

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-28-2010, 09:55 PM
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I suggest talking to both instructors and seeing what their thoughts are with working together with the two of you. Some instructors will not 'share' a student, while others are more than happy to.
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I agree with charis, my trainer, personally, doesn't tolerate " behind closed doors" training ( as she calls it ). As far as the cost, I am a strong believer in the you get what you pay for theory. But I guess there are exceptions. If you find you like trainer A, you could look into working off lessons. I work 1 lesson off every saturday, just cleaning mostly, saddles, walls, ect. Hope that helps =)
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-28-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, those are valid points. I doubt that Instructor A would be able to work a "work it off" schedule and besides, I barely have time to fit in my horsey time anyway so I don't want to spend it at another barn 30 mins. Away, if that makes sense.

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-28-2010, 11:33 PM
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Personally, I have a trainer I like but also like to take lessons with other instructors. Different people point out different things + it is good to ride different horses!! I let my trainer know if I take lessons else where but always come back to her...... I do the same with hairdressers! LOL LOL
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-29-2010, 01:10 AM
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You should also observe a lesson from Instructor B. Maybe two. It's really important that the two instructors don't have strongly diverging philosophies and ways of teaching.
Liking an instructor is good, but understanding her is better.
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You should have one from both and see who you think you got more out of

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From my own experience you always get what you pay for. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I never run into them lessons-wise (actually I run other way around - paying too much for the crappy lessons). I tried "cheap" lessons several times and every single time it was waste of money. Now in your case 2 cheap = 1 expensive. I'd rather go with 1 expensive not that often. You can always practice what you learn in between the lessons!
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I suggest talking to both instructors and seeing what their thoughts are with working together with the two of you. Some instructors will not 'share' a student, while others are more than happy to.
Totally agree!

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From my own experience you always get what you pay for. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I never run into them lessons-wise (actually I run other way around - paying too much for the crappy lessons). I tried "cheap" lessons several times and every single time it was waste of money. Now in your case 2 cheap = 1 expensive. I'd rather go with 1 expensive not that often. You can always practice what you learn in between the lessons!
I agree in this aspect too. The last "instructor" was cheap but she was not very good. My current instructor is phenomenal with her lessons can't say enough good things about her. Not saying that instructor B isn't any good could be great. Never hurts to try it for a month and see how things work out.

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I only take a lesson every other week right now.... but if I happen to have some extra money, I will add in an extra. My barn has 2 coaches and I normally ride with Coach J, but sometimes with the extra lesson I have to ride with Coach A. The both teach slightly different ways, and slightly different positions so it works out because A will catch what J misses, and J will catch what A misses.

One expensive lesson is sometimes better then 2 cheap lessons. My coaches also know that I randomly take lessons at other barns, outside of what they coach (hunters) for a "fun/different" lesson occasionally. They approve of it because then they know that I will be ready to work when I come to lesson time.

Your barn might have a rule of no outside coaches, so you might want to check into that.

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