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    03-25-2013, 07:51 PM
I think for young kids, group lessons are beneficial - the number of 5-8 yo kids who can concentrate solidly on riding for an hour without breaks, watching their friends ride too, and making it fun and slightly competitive? Kids like riding with other kids - hence the point of Pony Club. But it has to be safely. Things become very different once they hit 9/10 (although for some kids, they can be 16/17 and still only like riding when they're playing around with their friends... so individuals I guess.)
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    03-25-2013, 07:52 PM
Originally Posted by Cruiser    
Instructors that can ride really well doesn't mean they can teach. Instructors that can't ride (due to health, injury etc) doesn't mean they are no good.
Haha I'm not the best rider, but I was told by an accomplished rider that I'd be a good coach because I have a good eye on the ground for what's going if only I could pop one eye out and sit it on the arena wall while I'm riding......
    03-26-2013, 08:13 PM
Muppetgirl, I know what you mean, I am better at helping other riders due my own health issues, like joints that don't bend or flex properly. It doesn't mean I don't know what I should be doing or what it should look like it means I may not be capaible of physially able too.

I had a awsome instructor that broke her back and no longer rode, I learned more in four lessons with her than I ever did with an other able bodied trainer.

Sorry about the spelling I can't seem to remember how to spell any thing tonight.
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    03-27-2013, 05:28 PM
I was just thinking about this a little while ago.

I had one woman who, when I was quite small and inexperienced, put me on a horse that bucked. And I mean BUCKED. Not that sissy little jumping. He BUCKED. If I hadn't wrapped my arms around his neck and hung on, I think I would have fallen. That was the worst teaching experience of my entire riding life.
    03-27-2013, 06:41 PM
When it comes to instructors/coaches, I am VERY open minded. Yes, I may not learn a lot from one person, but I am open to learning AT LEAST one thing from every coach I have ridden with either them being a very professional coach or not.

When looking for a coach it is important to make sure they are CERTIFIED and have insurance as well. Anyone can "coach" someone to "ride", but if the instructor has taken the needed courses and mentoring hours to become certified, I would more then certaintly trust them more, not saying that there are instuctors that airn't certified that I wouldn't trust though, just IMO.

Yes, group lessons can be fun!! I found when I was younger and in group lessons with 4 other children I got very frusterated as I was ignored a lot since I was more advanced then the other riders in the group, hence why since I was 8 I have always taken private lessons, I like having the one on one connection with the coach and the "attention" I wanted to reach a higher point in my riding. I can completely understand if the child is just in riding for fun or in that "horsey stage" though!!
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    03-28-2013, 12:04 AM
Finding good instructors can be very tricky, especially if you are young and inexperienced. That being said, I agree with Fulford. Every instructor has something to offer, be it teaching you what NOT to do, and what types of instructors to stay away from, or teaching you how to ride properly.

I was blessed, when I was younger, to have had an array of instructors, both good and bad. I jumped around barns a lot and rode rather sporadically, as my parents couldn't afford much. The first barn I ever rode at was an up and coming hunter barn that wasn't much when I started there 15 years ago. They gave me a very solid hunter seat and basic riding/handling skills. Now, 15 years later, they are a huge operation and doing very well. After them, I had the misfortune of falling into a few bad places that took advantage of my experience by sticking me on green horses and mostly ignoring me during group lessons. These were mostly summer camps though. Soon after, I was blessed to find an incredible barn in Virgina where I learned all of my advanced horse handling skills and was turned to eventing. Having been riding for 15 years, and having jumped around quite a few places, I stand by the fact that I learned more at that barn than I have anywhere else. Since then, I have found that not every instructor works for every person, and you shouldn't write them off as a bad instructor simply because they don't work for you. My most recent trainer taught me, I dare say, nothing, but I was blinded by friendship, so I rode with her. She was not a bad instructor, per say, she's great with kids and beginners, but is not as great at helping the advanced riders along. That being said, she was more than happy to take money from the people who were learning nothing from her, so be careful!
    03-29-2013, 08:16 PM
Another flag: If an instructor gets upset about you going with your friend to another farm watch their lesson, leave! Those are the ones that won't ever let you go (creepy sounding O.O) once you have gone to the next level, and will tell you you're not ready because they can't train you anymore.

WOW that statement makes no sense, except in my head O.o
    04-03-2013, 02:31 AM
^^second that!
    04-03-2013, 03:00 AM
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I would avoid having lessons from an instructor who himself/herself avoids broadening his/hers experience and learning, because of a belief that he/she hasn't got anything more to learn. Anyone who teaches should be open to knowledge and learning himself!
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    04-03-2013, 04:19 AM
You gotta click with your instructor and they have to be approachable... I left my last coach as I couldnt talk to them...

Love my current one!!!!

She's also a fantastic rider as well as a great coach and will get on my horse....

Unless its a clinic I only have a one on one lesson

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