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    11-08-2009, 03:16 PM
Question Seems like there's an obvious answer, but...

On my continued search for riding opportunities around Fayetteville, I went back on Craigslist and found someone who was giving lessons for $15 per session. The lessons would be on their property and on their horses, "a 14.2 hh jumper pony and a 4th level dressage horse", according to his post. I emailed asking for more information (certification, has he taught in the past, has he taught adult riders, etc.) I got a response back...*sigh*

It turns out he is 15 and is not a certified instructor. In his reply he says, "No I am not certidied. Im only 15 but that does not mean I do not know my stuff. Im am in horsebowl, Horse judgeing , and on CVF rideing team. Im showing is C rated shows now and open. Yes I have taught before, I currently have 4 lesson students. I have taught 1 adult rider before. Yes the horses are do fine with other riders." I have no doubt he knows what he is doing, but just the fact that he is uncertified and so young makes me hesitate. Well, more than just hesitate...more like brings me to an abrupt halt. I think my face dropped when I read his reply.

So the question with the seemingly obvious answer is: Should I or shouldn't I?
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    11-08-2009, 03:47 PM
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I say don't. This kid is not old enough to have a ton of experience, he may be experienced but there is no way that he's going to be able to know the correct way of doing everything. I'd be concerned that you could pick up a bunch of really bad habits.

Have you tried posting a wanted type ad anywhere? You might get some good hits off of that... I know in my area, horses are more word of mouth so it's really hard to get involved with them unless you already have a horse or something.
Good luck!
Another idea, maybe you've done this, is look up stables in the phone book...
    11-08-2009, 03:55 PM
Green Broke
I really wouldn't. He's a fifteen year old and has probably been riding seriously for only about three or four years. (I don't think many are "riding seriously" until age twelve or so.) He has a lot to learn about horse and likely isn't suited for teaching yet.
    11-08-2009, 04:25 PM
I agree. I knew what the answer was, but I just needed that final confirmation that this was a bad idea. I don't doubt his skills as a rider, and I'm pretty sure he knows more than I do, but you're all right...I don't want to be instructed by someone who is still himself being taught.

Wallaby, I might put up a wanted ad. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks :)
    11-08-2009, 05:19 PM
Nope I wouldnt go with it
    11-08-2009, 08:12 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't have a problem with him being uncertified, there are plenty good uncertified and instructors, but he's 15. He's just a kid. I remember what guys were like when I was 15 :P
    11-08-2009, 10:21 PM
Yup I'd put up a wanted ad too. Are you there already? I'd go to the local tack shops and read their bulletin boards or talk to the people that work there.
    11-08-2009, 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
Yup I'd put up a wanted ad too. Are you there already? I'd go to the local tack shops and read their bulletin boards or talk to the people that work there.
I'll be there in about two weeks. That's a good idea...Word of mouth seems like the only option left for me, unless I just take lessons at the stables on Bragg.
    11-08-2009, 10:42 PM
Has your husband left already? Just sending you a bunch of hugs. If you need anything I'm but a PM away.
    11-08-2009, 10:50 PM
I would walk away. Not only is he super young, but his reply was less than intelligent. I don't know about you, but improper spelling and grammar makes me run for the hills.

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