Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Technically, over the 9 yrs I have been riding, I have had 7 different trainers. One of those trainers was a yeller (loud annoying voice) and while she had MANY other negative qualities, she wasn't a name-caller, insulter, or extremely "rough" when giving lessons. She would threaten to take your stirrups away (and did) and threaten to chase the horse with a whip if you didn't get them moving... but never did.
I agree with those that stated that trainers do not need to yell or insult, especially if you are paying them (BUT I know different people have different tastes in trainers). Out of all 7, my currrent trainer has been the best (obviously, as he is still my trainer). No yelling, no insults, no threats, etc. Interestingly enough, no huge signs of frusteration either. I have only noticed frusteration once, but just by observing, not by him saying anything.
On the flip side, I can NOT stand a trainer that babies the rider. I took one lesson from a trainer like that and was irritated and annoyed the entire ride. I would rather have a stern trainer than somebody who talks to you like you are a little kid.
I am, however, the type of rider that enjoys riding and enjoys learning and accomplishing things, so I take my lessons seriously.