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        03-24-2011, 12:11 AM
    Reasons I chose (and kept) my current instructor:

    -- She's nice without be a doormat. She's also laid back but not careless.
    -- She's younger (25) but very experienced
    -- She showed IHSA in the same region/zone as I did. So, I was familiar with her instructor and team, and she was familiar with my old coach and team.
    -- She pushes me when I need it, but knows when to leave well enough alone when I'm just having an off day.
    -- She runs her barn the same way I would run my own. She's practical, emphasizes safe riding, and refuses to progress students until they have the basics down.
    -- We also share similar philosophies about riding, horses, training, etc.

    My old instructor wasn't really a choice, as he was the head trainer at my college, when I started taking a college riding class. But he is now the gold standard for me as far as trainers are concerned. He was also a somewhat BNT -- something I didn't know until I left college.

    He was gentle, but pushed us when necessary. He was fantastic about coming up with ways to tell us what was wrong and how to fix it. Phrasing it in ways that made it click in our head. He was also incredibly warm, had all sorts of funny stories/anecdotes for us while we were riding and never, ever made us feel stupid or inadequate.

    And even though I only did walk-trot classes in IHSA, he was ALWAYS there before we rode into the ring. He would talk to us, adjust our stirrups, take out our legs and roll them back, wipe off our boots and give us words of encouragement. Even though he had 25 riders to look after, from sun up until just about sun down.

    He wasn't in it for the ribbons or recognition -- he was in it for us. And I miss him dearly.
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        03-25-2011, 11:53 PM
    My 1st instructor:

    I wanted to start to learn English and my F I R S T lesson she came told me I'm NEVER riding english cause I didn't pick it up on my frist lesson. Plus she used to switch horses on me so I didn't have the SAME horse every lesson and it was hard for me.... She also didn't care much for me to learn, all I did was ride around a arena for a hour and that was it... NO REAL lesson, and we couldn't 'hang out' after the ride. ALSO she was really really expensive! I rode twice a month ever other week.... THAT expensive and she wasn't really worth it....

    My NOW instructor:

    I L O V E HER! She explains the difference of riding, also she really breaks down the science of horse back riding and horses. We TALK all the time during my lesson cause I want to LEARN more about horses... Audra is also really friendly and super nice! She lets anyone just 'hang' after a lesson, on the weekends we have horse soccer (i haven't gone to one YET) or During the summer we have Horse Camping and LOTS of Hack rides!!!! Also I have 30 mins of tacking up and grooming then a hour of riding then 30mins of cooling off plus, taking pictures feeding the horses treats... Yup I pretty much L O V E it there
        03-26-2011, 01:31 AM
    My trainer is patient with me being an adult beginner. I rode very briefly with another instructor who put me on a bolting horse and told me he would take care of me. I had only been riding for two months and just learning to post my trot. This horse took off in an out of control bolt around the arena and only increasing in speed. I jumped off into mud to avoid worse. Nothing would stop this horse. I haven't gotten over this still to this day I have trust issues even with my own horse and am scared to canter more than half arena just started learning to canter. My trainer understands what I have been through and is very patient but also pushes me beyond my comfort zone when she sees I can really do it. I am always thankful when she does and I do something new and show progress. She knows my strengths an weaknesses and teaches accordingly. I think because she teaches so many kids she has patience for me..haha.

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