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post #1 of 9 Old 03-14-2011, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Talk about your trainer

This is a thread where we can talk about our trainers. Why do you like them, what makes them special or funny? What sort of relationship do you have with them? How long have you been with them?

I love mine. She's good with horses and motivates me to do my best. She pushes me enough to excel quickly, but not so much that I get pushed too much out of my comfort zone.
She's also a funny character. In group lessons she always mixes the students names up (even if she's known the for a long time) :P.
She doesn't accept anything but perfectness. If you start your canter badly, she makes you slow your horse down and retake it until your take off is balanced and controlled. She expresses herself loudly and won;t be shy to tell you what she thinks.
I personally love her. She can be tough, but how else are you going to learn? The way she teaches is sometimes so dramatic, things actually get through my head the first time around. (my brain has some slow processing disorder lol! )

A short but funny story: I had scheduled a lesson on Saturday, Feb 26th, because I started spring break there. I told her clearly 3 times at least and she even wrote it down, but apparently she understood January 26th. That day fell on a Wednesday and obviously I was at school. She called my mom in the afternoon inquiring why I had not come to my 11:00 Am lesson??
Haha, my mom was so surprised and told her... Err, because she's at school?
My mom cleared up the whole thing with her and all was good after, though it's so like my trainer to do a mistake like that... so typical, I love her.

If you need to rant about a bad trainer you can do so, but let's try and keep this thread on the positive side!

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-14-2011, 07:14 PM
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Mine is patient, kind, knowledgeable, and credible. She is a true teacher.

“Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful” Xenophon, 380 B.C.

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 01:12 PM
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I took dressage lessons in my formative years with a good instructor. She taught me a ton, and that helped me a lot durring that crazy time of life. However, she went through a divorce, and it changed her a lot. Ultimately it resulted in her being unhappy and judgemental. I never felt comfortable around her after that. I don't blame her, but I couldn't keep riding with her.

My next instructor was a grand prix jumper. She could ride, but she couldn't explain concepts very well. The lessons cost too much money to not learn much from her. In addition to that, she would do anything to get a buck. She once tried to sell me a lame horse with respiratory problems. I couldn't stay with someone who didn't put their students first, so I left that one too.

Now I'm taking occasional lessons from a friend who's slightly more experienced than me in jumping. It works, but it's weird that we're so close in age and experience... I feel like I can't really look up to her, just take some tips here and there.

So that's it. There's not many english trainers where I live, so my options have ran out.

I love to hear about other people's good trainers though! I'm very happy to know there are some of them out there!
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 03:46 PM
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Love my trainer! She's tough when she needs to be, I hate someone that is too soft and won't tell me that I sucked it up or looked horrible. However, my trainer is very encouraging to me and gives me great praise when I do something well.

I really feel like she wants me to succeed as much as I want to! :)
I will be so sad when I have to leave that barn, but I know she will understand and want the best for me :)

Now you've got me more excited about my upcoming lesson! :)

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 09:10 PM
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I HIGHLY respect my trainer. I started lessons with her when I almost lost any hope to progress with my horse (after I was told multiple times by several trainers that my horse is useless). Now our goal is to start showing!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Just a little unimportant comment: ELiz I looove your avatar! :)

I HIGHLY respect my trainer. I started lessons with her when I almost lost any hope to progress with my horse (after I was told multiple times by several trainers that my horse is useless). Now our goal is to start showing! __________________
aw that;s wonderful! :)

petitepyromaniac: It's sad when people change forever due to a difficult event. :(

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-16-2011, 10:40 AM
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I have all the respect in the world for my trainer (actually, former trainer, since we moved our horses home. But we're still close friends). She's VERY strict and in-depth, and downright scary if I don't do what I'm told. xP Even my horse was afraid of her during lessons. We both gave her the "yes ma'am, right away ma'am" attitude.

Actually, I don't think I'd still have Victor if my trainer hadn't come along. We were both green and not doing well at all, then she came and straightened us both out. She's very old school and traditional, which I like. She also taught me just about everything I know about horse husbandry. Oh, and she's a safety freak, which is a trait I think I inherited from her.

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Oh, and she's a safety freak
Mine is too. :)

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post #9 of 9 Old 03-16-2011, 08:42 PM
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I love my trainer too! She always greets you with a smile and laughs! She is very friendly and you can warm up to her easily, if your a horse person... for some reason my parents don't like her as much as I do... they think that when they talk to her that some days she'll talk and some days she wont? But I don't think she has ever been like that ?

She is very knowledgeable and gives a good equal amount of positive feed back and "negative" feed back? Like she will say "Heels down!" or "Pick up your hands" but also give s great encouragement!

I LOVE her!

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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