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But even though the trainer or instructor is certified, doens't mean they are the best. It just means they took the time and effort into becoming certified to further their career.
Completely agree with this. My old instructor was certified to her ears, but was not a good teacher. My current trainer isn't certified (I don't think so anyhow), but she's been riding since she was little and has shown a lot, giving her a lot of experience. She's also very down to earth and is able to transmit her knowledge clearly, so I get along really well with her and feel safe during her lessons (I'm a big scary cat sometimes).
What I care most about is their opinions (like should a horse be corrected when testing or misbehaving), and whether they have the ability and experience needed to teach me how to become a better horse person. I don't care how they got all their knowledge, I just want them to have it. :P