working without a trainer...... and loving it?
So we all know a good trainer is a fantastic resource.
I split with my trainer in october and have since come leaps and bounds, as a rider, horsewoman and instructor for my own students.
It's forced me to seed out my own opinions, my own way o doing things. To take things my trainer had told me and ignore them if they weren't walking.
For example Ella my greenie,
Trainer wanted halts using the emergency stop and bending. I've implemented a woah voice command and stopping as i'd stop her when leading hand up and back slightly and if it doesn't work bump (she's in a halter). She picked this up really fast and she's used to it as the halter moves in a similar fashion to on the ground.
I've taught her to canter and I woah her to come back to a trot before I pick up the reins. Clickings fantastic too.
My trainer was really natural and I wasn't allowed to use my breastplate / martingale. My martingale is really loose it only kicks in if she really kicks her head up so unless she's having a tanty she can't feel it. And he breast plate seriously its a breast plate. I need it for hunting and its handy having the strap.
Since leaving her I've found myself looking at various instructors. 2 eventing clinics coming up, 2 hunter training days
I've definitely got more confidence jumping and it turns out what I thought was prin rushing jumps was just her being forward.
I'm loving not having a trainer!
Anyone else in this boat.