It occured to me, the other day, that I have only ever once back chatted to a riding instructor. My trainer told me to tap Duffy on the shoulder with the whip, and I refused. Due to her reaction a previous time, I was too petrified to do it. So I wouldn't. She told me to get off the horse and put her away. I apologised and the next time I rode, I did tap her on the shoulder and we had no more problems.
I've been watching some of the students at my yard, adult and children alike. And I am shocked, at times, at the attitude some of the riders have.
No one ever said riding was easy, but the way they talk back to the instructor makes my mouth gape!
This only happens with one of the trainers... he's too soft for his own good ;) Do that to Ingrid and she'll walk out on you.
But have you found the same? I watched once as this girl 'but'ted and 'why should I' the whole ride.
Where as I understand they are paying customers and there are limits to what you can say/do I have a lot of respect for my trainers, and if need something clarifying, or I'm confused or nervous about doing something, they're not unapproachable.
I taught a lesson last week, two young girls, who are neat budding riders and have been at the yard for a long time. But as the normal instructor was away they thought it wsa play time. I have to earn their respect too, but when I call out instructions, I shouldn't have to then shout them because they're too busy yacking half way through the lesson.
Just curious on first hand experiences as a rider, instructor, or viewed ;)