11-02-2013, 06:44 PM
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newbie question about trainers...
So, now that my life is less crazy and I finally have a teeny tiny little bit of time (and some money!) to pursue the lessons Iíve been wanting. Iím on the hunt for a high quality instructor. So far, Iíve only been considering ones with a minimum of USDF bronze but, a handful have silver & gold as well along with several other notable achievements. I realize these trainers are obviously, in very high demand. They arenít cheap eitherÖ This is fine, though as lots of people do, I live a very busy life. I also, happen to live very far from basically everythingÖ So far, even the closest trainer is roughly two hours away in good weatherÖ Now, I donít want just a good trainer, I want an amazing trainerÖ I have high expectation if Iím going to be spending serious money on it I want a trainer who is also just as serious. Now, Iím very realistic IMO; I am not expecting to be a grand prix rider, ever. Nor do I want level 2 overnight. Ideally, Iíd like to get to a point where I feel confident competing at training level one someday, not tomorrow, not even a year from now, someday when Iím ready & my primary mount is also readyÖ Unfortunately at this point in my life and due impart to how far I live, I donít foresee being able to train with a trainer more than bi-monthlyÖ So before I even begin arranging times to meet with these people are 2 lessons per months even a thing? Is it worth even bothering hauling out to take lessons if Iím only able to take 2 per month max? Do trainers typically work within these types of constraints? Iím not able to ride in the winter so practicing at home is out of the question as it is too slick outside of an arena. I am willing to practice indefinitely anything (if possible) I learn from the ground but, Iím not sure this would be enough. I desperately want to become the best rider that I can be for not only myself but, my horses but, also donít want to waste a very busy trainers time if I am just plain asking too much/biting off more than I can chew given the amount of time I have to work with.