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post #1 of 2 Old 10-28-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Finding a trainer

Hey guys, so as some of you may know I was supposed to start English ridding lessons at the beginning of September as a very belated Christmas present from my parents. However money is kind of tight all around so I didn't bring it up. So now it's almost November and I've yet to start lessons, so I've decided to just pay for them myself. The problem is most people I've found are either, too expensive for my college budget, don't come to me/ are too far away for me to go to them, don't let me use my own horse, or haven't returned my emails.

So my question is, is it unreasonable for me to want a trainer who will come to the barn where I board Gambit and work with us there? If not then do you have any ideas on how I would go about finding someone who would be willing to do this? If so what is unreasonable about what I'm asking? Not trying to be snarky I do want to know. Also everyone at my barn rides western that I've seen, do you think my riding english will be a problem?

In the short run I wouldn't mind going to the trainers and using one of their schoolies, but I think G could really benefit from learning English, and I'm not sure I have the skills to take what I learn in lessons and use it with him (because he has only been ridden western) unless a trainer was there to help, at least the first few times. I don't have a trailer so going to my trainer is out of the question, which I can see as being a problem. But I really want to start doing English. Thanks for reading and for any responses.

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-28-2011, 06:06 PM
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Just ask around, look for advertisements (if you have any local horse boards), and so on. Good number of trainers around here don't mind to come to your barn to teach you (although it's usually more than in their place because you are paying for "travel").

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