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    11-03-2011, 12:45 PM
first session with new trainer/instructor? what should we do

Sorry another post already...not sure where to put it

I am looking for a new trainer who specializes more in western riding and can help my current gelding denny and a new horse we are getting along with my mom, sister, and myself. I want to make sure everyone has a chance to succeed and improve.

This new trainer is coming in a week. What should we do for our first session? The trainer wants to know what I think we should do and I have never had to decide something for a lesson when a trainer was coming.

So that's where all of you step in.
1. What would be a good first session for my mom and sister who barely handle horses to work with a trainer with a new horse they are getting?
Keep in mind I have a week before this happens?? They beginners 101 !!! Big time

2. What would be a good first session for my horse denny and I? We have been in a standstill for awhile. I was thinking about going back to beginners and working back up or does that sound ridiculous... I want to find a better seat and get him to collect more so I think that would really help us...

Even on ground exercises would be good. I have no idea what to do in this situation

Any ideas, suggestions, tips..

Thanks again
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    11-03-2011, 01:15 PM
For first sessions with riders with previous experience I like to do a general evaluation. I ask them where they think they are as riders, what their experiences have been, what type of training their horse has had, what they know and to show me.

It helps me to see where any holes may be in training and where there is room for improvement.

I also like to set goals at the end of that session. If your trainer knows where you want to go, it's much easier for them to help you get there.
    11-03-2011, 01:23 PM
Thanks I will talk to her again and see if that sounds like a good idea.
    11-03-2011, 01:27 PM
You're welcome, hope you have a great lesson!
    11-03-2011, 01:41 PM
Thank you I am very nervous. I haven't had a lesson on my own horse ever but I have on other horses. So I am nervous to see what someone says about him and me working together... hopefully were not god awful :)
    11-03-2011, 01:59 PM
The first session should always be for the trainer to learn. Every lesson after that is for you. The trainer needs to know where you are, where the horse is, and where you would like to be. Evaluation and Setting goals gives you a good sense of direction. After that it is the trainers job to give you the skills and directions to get there.
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    11-10-2011, 03:27 PM
New trainer is coming saturday ... so excited. She has set up a session that will evaluate both horse and rider.
This is what she would like to do. So please let meknow if this is not good.

First thing first. I am taking out all equipment we need and bringing in to the round pen/front yard where we can do a range of evaluation riding and lunging.
Secondly I am having all the horse caught and groomed prior to her coming.
Third she is bringing her own saddle. Is this good? I know my saddles fit my horses and are comfortable for them. Should I allow her to use her own saddle if it fits or should I ask her to use mine??
Then I have all the tack I want to make sure is properly adjusted so I will have her look at all of that before she rides and get some tips in that area. As I want to make sure its effective.
Forth she wants to work them on the ground to see how they move. Then ride them herself to see there level of understanding and then have me ride and see where I am at.

Does that sound like a good first lesson? I am so excited it seems perfect for the first encounter for everyone.

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