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post #1 of 11 Old 09-17-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question I don't want a new trainer...but it might be best =(

My current coach is brilliant, she's young, easy to relate to, and just the sort of person who you can be-friend easily. Anyway, she moved to a new barn, and all her clients (16 of them) went with, except me, because it was too far to travel. Anyway, I went to a new barn that allowed outside trainers so she could still teach. But it's been almost a month and i've ridden once ( I can't ride alone). I explore the website, and EVERYONE at my trainers barn has been getting lessons regularily. My trainer just doesn't have the time ( or isn't making the time) to teach me. My parents are getting pissed off and are now saying they regret buying me a horse, because they're paying 600$ a month for a horse i'm not riding.

I really don't want to get a new trainer, but in this case, I need to do whats best for me. All the trainers around my house are older, so I won't be able to relate to them, but atleast that's better because my horse will acually be ridden.

Any advice as to what I should do in this situation?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-17-2010, 05:55 PM
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I would say yes, get a new instructor. If the woman isn't coming out, she's saying by her actions that she can't make the time to keep you as a client.

It confuses me that you can't ride without an instructor... I'm assuming either green horse or green rider.
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my parents hate horses, which is why they aren't invited to supervise. The weird thing is that my trainer helped me pick that stables becuase it was apprently close to her house.

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I would say yes, get a new instructor. If the woman isn't coming out, she's saying by her actions that she can't make the time to keep you as a client.

It confuses me that you can't ride without an instructor... I'm assuming either green horse or green rider.
I must be 16 to ride alone -- i'm only 15
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Why does an instructor need to be young so that you can relate. You want to learn about how to ride...she knows how...theres something you guys have in common. If you are just taking lessons to keep your parents happy until you are old enough to ride on your own...find a new instructor. If your not that commited, you might want to look into selling your horse.
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Why does an instructor need to be young so that you can relate. You want to learn about how to ride...she knows how...theres something you guys have in common. If you are just taking lessons to keep your parents happy until you are old enough to ride on your own...find a new instructor. If your not that commited, you might want to look into selling your horse.
my parents could care less if I ride or not. They just don't want to spend the money if my instructor won't make time for me. I am very commited, I would do anything to ride more often, but the trainer I have is 1 in a million, she's 30, trained in germany, is a grand prix dressage rider, and since i'm young we can talk and it's not like a teacher student talk, its friend to friend. I don't want someone who just stands in the ring, tells me what I do wrong, then leaves. I want a trainer who takes me to shows, and acually teaches me both on and off the horse. Its hard to find a dressage trainer who is like this around here, and who won't charge 100$ in travel to come train me.
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First of all I agree, get a new instructor. Its no good if your trainer doesn't make up time to work with you.

Second, older trainers can be great friends too even for teenagers. I've seen it to be a case all the time.

And last one, can you just ride with someone experienced in your new barn? In my experience people are pretty happy to have a company to ride (given your horse behaves and not going to kick other horse or something).
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First of all I agree, get a new instructor. Its no good if your trainer doesn't make up time to work with you.

Second, older trainers can be great friends too even for teenagers. I've seen it to be a case all the time.

And last one, can you just ride with someone experienced in your new barn? In my experience people are pretty happy to have a company to ride (given your horse behaves and not going to kick other horse or something).
I can, if someone was there, I work 2 jobs to pay for the vet, farrier, ect, so I can usually only get out there around 8ish, except for mondays & fridays, and theres almost never someone there, but if someone was I would definitely take advantage of that.
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