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post #11 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 12:16 AM
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I like the input from many and any good rider.

Our polo coaches are different every game/practice. It's wild.
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 07:49 AM
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And then there are coaches who bring you along so slowly as it guarantees income. It can be difficult to discern. Unless a person is riding 5 days a week, progress will seem slow.
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post #13 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, she is definatly slow, but what really gets me is that with only three lessons a month with her, and her taking it so slowly, its hard for me to remember how to do an exercise correctly without her there explaining it, you knoe? Maybe its just my memory and how I learn though.

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post #14 of 21 Old 07-24-2013, 08:39 PM
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I have two regular trainers- one for dressage, and one for jumping. The dressage trainer I take a lesson with weekly, and the jumping trainer once or twice a month (she travels from out of town to a nearby barn, so I can only go when she's there and it doesn't conflict with anything else). I also occasionally take a lesson with a NH trainer who comes to my barn every couple of weeks, but only when I have specific questions or things to work on. Next month I'm also riding in a clinic with a trainer who's coming in just for the weekend.

It's good to have a regular trainer, but also good to learn from many different people who you respect and learn their points of view as well.
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 06:15 PM
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Do any of you guys have two trainers? I absolutely love my trainer now but she is really slow in teaching me new things, i.e., she teaches me something then we work on it til its good enough to her then move on, which is great, but I want to learn a bit more in a shorter time frame.. not prefect it any faster, just learn more and then work on it, at the same time. I don't want to leave her, so I'm thinking about riding somewhere else as well.. do most trainers mind, or is it rude to do that or..? Should I get another trainer or not? Thanks for any advice, in advance!
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You know your needs change and therefor what you need or who you need to train you also changes. There is nothing wrong in leaving her to find another trainer.
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 08:36 PM
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I had two trainers for a while! We boarded our horses at two different stables due to room/training reasons (one was at a training barn, the other we just boarded). I learned under each of the trainers at either barn. One was a lot like your trainer, very methodical and waited until I mastered the skill to progress. The other was a different story. She taught me the basics, taught me more stuff and different ways to accomplish them and then began to teach me different disciplines to improve my riding overall. I rode western with the methodical, slow one all the time and so when I went to the other trainer she eventually left it up to me to decide. I could go from riding western in both lessons to riding western and then english, or western and then driving a carriage. But no matter what the other trainer always made sure to relate it back to improving the overall horse skills and keeping everything safe and without any 'holes'. That being said she did take her time in her own way. Since I was riding with another trainer she expected me to constantly work on the skills we had practiced with her and when we were in the lesson she expected me to be dilligent and an able rider. If I slacked off she pushed me 10X harder and wouldn't let me off the horse till I AND the horse ended on a good note.

I think it's good to have multiple trainers because it gives you many viewpoints, different options on how to handle a horse, and overall improve riding by riding different horses and learning different ways. I haven't met a trainer that minded severely (the two I worked with didn't) and I don't see any reason why yours should. To put it in a kinda harsh way, business is business right? I think as long as she knows your not doing it because your upset or completely leaving because of an issue, but rather to gain more knowledge she should be fine. Just be honest and upfront about what you want to do, and if you do see another trainer, what you want to know/expand upon. :)
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post #17 of 21 Old 08-13-2013, 01:25 PM
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Having two trainers is no problem! Especially if you're interested in multiple disciplines. It's very beneficial to learn many techniques and theories, plus increase you're riding time.

SOME trainers do get offended though, so I would make sure to talk to your current trainer about it before you start riding with someone else. If she gets offended but you really think it would be beneficial, you may want to search for two new trainers.
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-23-2013, 01:06 PM
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I had one trainer but started searching for another one because the horse that I was riding for the first trainer was moving and no other horse was available. Plus I thought I was ready to move up from generic English instruction to just Dressage. The first trainer got mad at me for switching and now we no longer speak. Kind of sad. I thought she was my friend.

I've been with the second trainer for 5 months now and progress is very slow as my seat is not where it needs to be. So now I found another trainer who works with me on my seat at a different stable with a totally different horse.

I'm nervous about telling my dressage trainer that I'm taking equitation lessons from another instructor. Hopefully she will be ok with it.

I think that the student as the consumer has the right to pick whoever they want as their trainer even if that includes multiple trainers because only you can know what your training needs are.
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post #19 of 21 Old 08-24-2013, 02:29 AM
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It sounds just like going to a different hairdresser and hoping your normal girl doesn't find out...Ahaha. Of course as the one Paying them for the services it seems like it shouldn't feel that way but it does nevertheless.

My coach up front said that if I wanted to get into anything detailed that she couldn't do I could always go to another barn to learn it. I thought that was nice. I know that I'm free to explore options if the future steers me in another direction.
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-24-2013, 09:37 AM
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Three lessons a month is really low.. you could consider another trainer for a few extra lessons.
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