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post #21 of 24 Old 07-10-2008, 10:54 AM
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Talk with her. Make sure she understands you are training for dressage not event. See how much experience she has with dressage. Carefully explain that although you feel you could possibly learn from her, you and your horse were uncomfortable with her during your first lesson. She may have been testing you although since you are paying her she should really play those kind of games.
But if you don't feel comfortable just talking with her about riding you definately aren't going to do well taking lessons from her. If that is the case get another trainer who specializes in dressage and use that as the excuse for not training with her.
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post #22 of 24 Old 07-10-2008, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by G&K's Mom
Originally Posted by rolf4life
I watched her ride today and she was amazing to watch... I don't know whats going on here, is it just her teaching method? Should I give her another chance?
Other side of the coin, not all amazing riders make amazing teachers. To be able to teach well, takes a very special person.
I'll post what I said again: see above.
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post #23 of 24 Old 02-09-2009, 05:00 PM
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I would give her one more chance. You might have someone video you while you are riding in the lesson. Sometimes doing something new might feel very wrong at first until you get the hang of it.

On the other hand, I agree with G and K's Mom. If she is not happy about you wanting a dressage instructor when she is a eventer, then I would be wary. I was with a bad trainer for way too long once. If you are uncomfortable with her or her teaching style then don't take lessons with her. It is not worth it.
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post #24 of 24 Old 02-09-2009, 11:09 PM
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I'd move, personally. If I don't like a trainer, I don't try to change them, I just accept that I don't like them and I move on. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water though, maybe you do need to shorten your reins and ride more actively in your seat instead of just sitting there. But that being said, any coach that has you half halting with your reins (aka pulling) is seriously out to lunch, imo.
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