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post #1 of 5 Old 03-27-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Time for a New Instructor..

Well, my instructor is resigning once the farm finds a replacement. This is kind of a bummer. I definitely liked her.

I've gone to another area instructor in the past. He made me a little uncomfortable.. and while I know he was trying to be funny, his jokes came off strange. Like.. when I tied the knot in the Western saddle, he was like 'OK, that went out in the 40's. Do it like this.' Maybe I was just afraid of liking him too much, you know?

Do you think it would be a good idea to visit different riding schools around the area, ride under different instructors, and have one lined up once my current trainer leaves? Or, should I just wait it out for the new one?

This stinks-- I was supposed to start leasing..
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-27-2010, 08:29 PM
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I would do both things you suggested: go around and check out all the different instructors and trainers, and then wait until the farm's new coach comes in. If you like the replacement, stay where you are, but if not, go to one of your back-ups. Just a suggestion. Hope it turns out for the best!
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-27-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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That's probably a good idea. Should I explain the situation to the new instructor(s)? I don't want to seem like a flake..
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-28-2010, 10:30 AM
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You could mention to them that you are looking for a new riding instructor and are just trying out your options. Tell them that you'll get back to them later...most people who want your business and money aren't going to cast you away and will probably respect your decision, whatever instructor you do end up choosing.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-28-2010, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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This is my first stop. I'll go here, then look around for other places. While their prices are low(About on-par with my current instructor), their horses look great and they teach more than just rail riding.. which is all I'm used to.

I am just going to tell them that my instructor is leaving and I am looking for a place to go. If they value my business, I'm sure they'll try to 'sell it' and make their services look like the best.
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