So we are going to go back to last year, this time. I had hired a new coach to train me and my horse to event. She was by far the best trainer I have had so far, so lets call her, hmm, Dora. Dora seemed like an excellent coach, and trainer, with very sound dressage methods. I liked Dora a lot. I actually got along with her, understood what the heck a half halt was (previous trainers never explained what it was even after I asked a billion times), and most of all was a very soft handed person. She took me and my horse though a pre-beginner eventing derby about 2 months later. The video is on youtube under HesUltimatelyFine. I personally believe it is a great start for a horse who would rush jumps, pull on the reins constantly, and get very exciteable.
Here comes the negative of the situation:
1) Dora taught me how to lunge more effective, with having the horse saddled and bridled. One lesson after she was done showing me how to lunge him, and was lecturing me on something, he turned his head towards her, and VERY gently touched his nose to her arm.. She turned and smacked him with the line in the face, and yelled at me that he needs to learn respect. All he was doing was looking what Dora was doing, but got hit for it. He showed no aggression, no disrespect, just curiousity.
2) After the eventing derby, I texted her about when my next lesson would be. No response. But with this handy dandy Iphone, it showed that Dora HAD seen my message. Soon I turned to Facebook to ask her about a VERY dangerous situation I was having, and again, no response, even though she seen the message. I sent her a few more, with the same result each time. Fast forward a month, and I find out she moved from Michigan (where I live) to Florida. No warning at all. This just baffles me, as a paying "customer", why she wouldn't even mention that she was leaving.
Now a year later she is back in Michigan. I could get her back as my trainer. The training helped my horse, but should I even reopen this whole thing?