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        03-22-2011, 09:49 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    My old trainer helped me soo much. She was my first trainer ever and took me on trail rides and taught me how to ride bareback,western and english. I currently don't have a trainer right now.
         
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        03-22-2011, 10:24 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    My instructor is like my second dad. I have been training under him for about 10 years and thefamily is basically my second family. He doesn't really force me to do things that I don't want to do or know that I won't do well in (like undersaddle... I despise that class...). Yet, he always helps me when I need it and isnt high stress or gets super frazzled about things. He leaves me alone when I'm upset (since I work better that way.. Allows me to get myself together before my next class) and makes jokes about everything. He's made me the rider I am, and has always been there with me through my entire career!
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        03-22-2011, 10:40 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I absolutely love my current trainer! She's patient and has a manner of explaining things that is just wonderful. She goes through all of the extra steps when we are working with Kitty (like if she was a horse that was just being started). She encourages me to call her if I have any questions and once she called my mom, who at the time was in Arizona, to get my number just to say she was running four minutes late on a day where the roads were terrible.
         
        03-23-2011, 02:11 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Just bumping this, as an instructor I like reading this kind of stuff.

    I loved my trainer who was on her horse throughout my lesson. She would teach me reining maneuvers by showing me step by step what to do on her own horse and I would recreate it. It taught me alot about what to look for and feel in a maneuver, not just how to do it. I'm also a visual learner so the live visual was nice.
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        03-23-2011, 01:16 PM
      #15
    mls
    Trained
    When I take a lesson, I want to learn something. I am not taking the time or paying money to have someone tell me how pretty my horse is.

    I ask questions. If I don't get an answer or feel as though I am confusing the instructor, I don't go back.

    I had a working cow horse lesson with a nationally ranked clinician last fall. It was A W E S O M E. He critqued but did so in a manner I learned from - not felt bad about myself or my horse. I wish he would come to MN more often!
         
        03-23-2011, 01:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I absolutely love the one I'm with now. Before I had a freak cross country accident, I rode for 16 years, competing in H/J and Eventing. 6 years later, I bought a horse and began taking lessons at a nearby H/J barn. I was stuck pretty much in limbo, definitely not a beginner, but also not ready to jump again, and wasn't getting the instruction I needed. A new instructor got to the barn where I board my horse and she is fantastic. I'm somewhat of a timid rider now, and she pushes me, which I definitely need. She makes "executive decisions" if she thinks I'm capable of something that I wouldn't do on my own, like canter.
         
        03-23-2011, 01:48 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    When I take a lesson, I want to learn something. I am not taking the time or paying money to have someone tell me how pretty my horse is.

    I ask questions. If I don't get an answer or feel as though I am confusing the instructor, I don't go back.
    Yes!

    I love that my instructor *always* has something to teach me and if something arises with one of her horses that I haven't dealt with before, after my lesson she makes sure to show me and educate me on how to treat it. So I have learned all about treating minor injuries, dealing with Thrush, de-worming an difficult horse and so on which I otherwise wouldn't have because none of it was with my own horses.

    I also like that if for some reason she doesn't know the answer to a question, she has no qualms about telling me so and then will then go consult with other trainers and do research until she has an answer for me.

    She has no issues kicking my butt or screaming at me when needed but also dishes out encouragement at the same time.

    Goes from kicking my butt all over tarnation to the sweetest, most encouraging, calm person when it's time for my kiddo's lesson. Completely different personality who would fall to pieces if you yelled at her, so she works with her completely differently.

    She's beyond flexible, wind was howling at 50mph yesterday so we're doing my lesson today instead. I can call and tell her I don't "feel" like riding because it's yicky outside and she has no problem, would rather I cancel than show up and have a horrible ride.
         
        03-23-2011, 02:14 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Well I'm a nervous person, so when I have an instructor who gets mad, or yells, then I get upset and loose confidence. Even though I progressed quickly with my last instructor, my confidence fell.

    With my current instructor, the only time she gets mad at me is if I don't discipline the horse when it does something bratty. My confidence is higher now. She also uses a few forms of teaching and changes them up if I'm not fully understanding, which I like. She also uses one form of teaching that I do find helpful sometimes. She will through out comments and suggestions here and there depending on what needs to be done, but she lets you discover the feeling yourself. Like, when I was off-balanced going into the canter, I needed to find my seat by myself, so she just gave me suggestions till I could find my seat and stay balanced.
         
        03-23-2011, 03:14 PM
      #19
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by SamAndThomas    
    i love my instructors becuase they are kind and helpful but pushy in a good way, they have brought on my riding so much:)
    Same here with my current instructor. I was just glad she was able to break some weird and funky habits I picked up from previous trainers.
         
        03-23-2011, 11:21 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I learned pretty much everything I know from books and trial and error. I must say my first mare was a saint when I look back on everything now. And that I had some darn good luck spending hours on green horses that had no business being ridden out yet. But I did teach myself a lot that way.

    I never had an instructor until this past December. She has been great at filling in the holes and explaining things. I knew a lot of "rules" but never the why to any of those rules. The biggest help is she is an actual trainer and trains in pretty much the same way as the trainer who was working with my horse. She has also worked with several of the same personality types of my mare. She makes a great spotter for me during lessons or will ride one of the horses in training that is slightly more advanced than my mare so she can show me how to ask the horse something it doesn't know.

    She is a really encouraging instructor, but will raise her voice when you are doing something wrong. She has even threatened to have me get off the horse during one of my first rides in over a year and ground drive her to help me get a better feeling of a horse's mouth instead of me trying to figure it out on a horse with a sensitive mouth. That really put into perspective how much feel and timing you lose when you don't ride for a long time.

    I did take quite a few English lessons with a friend once. I was taught a couple bad habits, but man did I have one heck a seat after riding with that instructor. I never jumped over 2 feet, but she had me going over the jumps stirrup-less, arms out, and eyes shut, approaching at trot and canter.
         

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