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post #1 of 21 Old 01-28-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Should I switch trainers?

Hi all, I'm fairly new here so please excuse me if this wasn't the best place to post this. My predicament here is I'm not sure if I should switch trainers. I've been with my current trainer for about six months, taking weekly lessons. So far we've only done walk, trot and trot courses. I'm a confident rider, an assertive rider and I'm extremely comfortable at both walk and trot. I feel as though she isn't advancing me. To put it in perspective, we didn't get to trot for about three weeks and since then we've only been trotting. It took over a month to just get off the lunge line. She routinely tells me how great I look but we NEVER do anything new. So, my question to you is do you think I should switch trainers? Thank you all so much!
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Hi all, I'm fairly new here so please excuse me if this wasn't the best place to post this. My predicament here is I'm not sure if I should switch trainers. I've been with my current trainer for about six months, taking weekly lessons. So far we've only done walk, trot and trot courses. I'm a confident rider, an assertive rider and I'm extremely comfortable at both walk and trot. I feel as though she isn't advancing me. To put it in perspective, we didn't get to trot for about three weeks and since then we've only been trotting. It took over a month to just get off the lunge line. She routinely tells me how great I look but we NEVER do anything new. So, my question to you is do you think I should switch trainers? Thank you all so much!
Have you only been riding for six months?
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-28-2012, 02:14 AM
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^^ This.

Please give us some background on your prior (If any) riding experience.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Hi all, I'm fairly new here so please excuse me if this wasn't the best place to post this. My predicament here is I'm not sure if I should switch trainers. I've been with my current trainer for about six months, taking weekly lessons. So far we've only done walk, trot and trot courses. I'm a confident rider, an assertive rider and I'm extremely comfortable at both walk and trot. I feel as though she isn't advancing me. To put it in perspective, we didn't get to trot for about three weeks and since then we've only been trotting. It took over a month to just get off the lunge line. She routinely tells me how great I look but we NEVER do anything new. So, my question to you is do you think I should switch trainers? Thank you all so much!
Ohmygoodness! I know exactly how you feel! When I first started riding, my trainer did the same exact thing to me! I was 12, so I definently progressed alot faster than most of the students she usually teaches. Anyways, she kept me on a lunge line for straight WEEKS. I had perfect control of myself and the horse, but she still wouldn't even let me trot over poles, canter, or ANYTHING. I switched trainers because I actually wanted to GO SOMEWHERE WITH MY RIDING. &I did Aha, obviously, it still irks me to think about it. In the end, I guess both of these trainers just want us to be safe, &be sure that we're ready. Have you voiced your opinions to her? Are you REALLY ready to move forward? If you say something about this to her, and she stilll doesn't let you progress, then I say definently YES switch trainers. Goodluck!

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I disagree with you xXSerendipityXx. There is a reason people go to trainers, if they could train themselves and know when they were ready to do new things there would be no need in having trainers.

There is a reason why she has not progressed with her riding, but I am going to wait on the answer to me original question before I comment any further.
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Have you only been riding for six months?
No, I rode western for about eight years prior to this, took about four years off and I have since been riding for about six months.
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No, I rode western for about eight years prior to this, took about four years off and I have since been riding for about six months.
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you are currently riding western or english?
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you are currently riding western or english?
English, I've been taking English lessons for six months now.
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I disagree with you xXSerendipityXx. There is a reason people go to trainers, if they could train themselves and know when they were ready to do new things there would be no need in having trainers.

There is a reason why she has not progressed with her riding, but I am going to wait on the answer to me original question before I comment any further.
I know that. I was just trying to say that if she's not getting what she wants from the trainer she's with, then going to ANOTHER TRAINER would be better for her. Some trainers ARE better than others - I didn't say anything about training herself.. (not trying to offend you or anything)

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