I've gone by recommendations, show record, have worked with a woman from the hall of fame in her profession, pleasure/gaited riders, clinicians, you name it.
I'm an easy going person, non-demanding, have realistic goals and would put the time in as suggested. Currently, I'm w/o a horse, finding that I just need a break, mostly from the dishonesty I've found within the equestrian folks in my neck of the woods. I've lost a lot of confidence, mostly due to people, than bad horses. It's been about 8 or 9months since I've thrown a leg over a horse and I miss it. I think I'm ready to just take some lessons, have some fun, gain some confidence and see where it leads me.
I'm at a point where I'm open to wp, dressage...maybe some hunt seat though getting my butt out of the saddle and posting with short irons will be a killer .
So, how did you all find a trainer that was honest, had your best interest at heart and didn't just string you along??