Originally Posted by Feets
I know exactly what you mean. A lot of young trainers don't even know what those sorts of things mean. I know what they are, and I know how to tell if a horse isn't round, collected, on the aids, etc. I'm still in the process of learning exactly how to teach a horse to get that way (which is why I don't offer people to train their horse to do these things). I've never taken consistent formal lessons (I've literally had two formal lessons my whole life, and they were four years apart from each other and completely different) but I have observed professional trainers and riders and learned that way.
Oh, I didn't mean you at all.
In fact one young trainer I took lesson with was very good (but she charged too much because she was using someone's else facility where you have to pay ship-in fee so I quit). But as you said yourself we have LOTS of young (and not so young
) "trainers" around who can definitely ride (and very well sometime), but just can't teach because they don't see what's the student does wrong (my usual problem - I do lots of thing wrong). If you can (and I believe one should have a talent to be a good teacher) then absolutely go for that, just keep improving your skills on way.