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        10-27-2010, 03:25 PM
      #1
    Foal
    I can't seem to find the 'right' instructor

    I just thought I'd put this out there, since my husband think's I'm nuts. I feel like I just can't seem to find the 'right' instructor.

    I started with one woman who I got along with, but she spent more time telling me about her goats and what she watched on TV the night before than actually teaching me. Then I had group lessons at another place, but that was just a mess. I had a new instructor each week and each person was telling me to do things the opposite to what I was told by the other instructors.

    So I've been going and watching lessons at places and had a couple assesment with different instructors. But I'm still on the 'hunt'.

    My husband says I'm crazy and that I should stop looking and just suck it up and stay at one place. But when I go, I can usually tell pretty fast that it's not going to work. Either I'm not comfortable with them or their teaching style just isn't right for me.

    Am I wrong for wanting to keep looking for the 'right' instructor?!?
         
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        10-27-2010, 03:53 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Not at all. When you're learning from somebody, you kind of have to be somewhat comfortable with them and your surroundings in order to learn properly.

    If you got along with the one woman, you might want to contact her again. When she starts talking about something other than riding while you're on the horse start asking questions about your form, riding position, or just the horse in general. Anything to revert her attention back to you and the lesson she's giving.
         
        10-27-2010, 04:12 PM
      #3
    Showing
    There was almost exact thread last week. :) No, you are not crazy. I came through in past 2 years 5 instructors. 4 of them said my horse is a waste, which will never be possible to train for english riding, because of her conformation (she looks like a long body barrel on 4 short legs lol!). My current instructor said "why not?" and we are just working with her now step-by-step (slowly). Don't be discouraged, keep looking!
         
        10-27-2010, 04:54 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Thank-you so much! I'm feeling better. I was beginning to think I was nuts and that I should just suck it up But I'm glad that this is normal and I'll just keep looking.

    I'd love to go back to the first instructor, but her schedule has changed alot and doesn't really work with mine anymore

    But I will keep looking - thanks again! I really appreciate the replies
         
        10-27-2010, 05:02 PM
      #5
    Banned
    Can you ask the first instructor for a recommendation?
         
        10-27-2010, 08:14 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Far from nuts! I'm 16, been riding since I was 7 and I've been through at least 5-6 coaches before I found the one I'm at, who I've been with for a little over 2 years. You'll find the right coach eventually. Took me a while too.
         
        10-27-2010, 08:52 PM
      #7
    Super Moderator
    I , too, am looking for a good instructor. Number one is how well they can communicate with human beings, number two (and almost number one) is their philosophy regarding the comfort of the horse and number three is how well they use the time.
    I don't blame you for looking long and hard. It's expensive to take lessons and I have seen a lot of instructors that spend WAY too much time talking; about themselves, about theory about what ever! Riding as about DOING, not talking or listenting. Keep looking if you aren't satisfied.
    I think I need to listen to my own advice.
         
        10-27-2010, 09:22 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    There was almost exact thread last week. :) No, you are not crazy. I came through in past 2 years 5 instructors. 4 of them said my horse is a waste, which will never be possible to train for english riding, because of her conformation (she looks like a long body barrel on 4 short legs lol!). My current instructor said "why not?" and we are just working with her now step-by-step (slowly). Don't be discouraged, keep looking!
    Yeap that was me . I asked the very same question.

    OP After nearly 4 weeks I found an instructor I know I can relate to. Its not crazy at all. Its discouraging as everyone says but don't give up sometimes these moments will find you as I have learned.
         
        11-11-2010, 09:02 PM
      #9
    Foal
    I think this is crucial. I'm not planning my lessons until after the holidays but I'm emailing instructors and visiting barns. It's all about the right fit & chemistry. If you're distracted and tense because your instructor drives you nuts or just mildly annoys you, everyone is going to be unhappy. I'd rather spend 3 months looking than take a chance!
         

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