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post #11 of 19 Old 02-27-2010, 01:40 AM
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You don't think that there are riders that have a bad attitude and blame the trainer, the horse, the saddle or the phase of the moon. If you don't belive that you haven't read very many threads on the forum.

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post #12 of 19 Old 02-27-2010, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
You don't think that there are riders that have a bad attitude and blame the trainer, the horse, the saddle or the phase of the moon. If you don't belive that you haven't read very many threads on the forum.
are you kidding? Gah it's 11 at night here and my eyes hurt and I'm going through tons of threads, reading and commenting.
There are plenty of people that do what you just said, but I don't consider them "riders". I call them "complainers/wanna-be riders on horseback".

On a similar note:

There are two kinds of "bad" riders.
There's "bad" as in what you said"blaming people, not caring,etc"
Then there is "bad" as in inexperienced, like we all once were until we learned about horses and how to ride them.

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-27-2010, 02:57 AM
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Kevinshorses original statement was bad STUDENTS not bad RIDERS. You have changed his comment. I agree with him, there are many students who believe they already know it all and if an instructor tells them differently the instructor is automatically deemed as no good. Then there are the oversensitive students. The instructor raises their voice a little or tells the to change what they're doing, and poor whinging little student goes home and cries thinking the instructor is mean and nasty.

So yep, I totally agree with kevinshorses statement.

I've had my fair share of different instructors. Plenty of instructors who taught me the basic pony club level stuff, enough to get me by as what I used to think was good riding. So not true. I moved to my current coach and she changed most of what I did. I have now been with her for almost 10 years. I also like to go to as many clinics as possible to get different views on my riding and horse.

I believe every instructor has their positive points. It just depends on what the student wants to learn. Some aim to be competitive and correct, others just want to stay on, stop go and turn and have fun.
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-28-2010, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mercedes View Post
The other thing is, no matter how 'awful' the instructor, you can still learn, even if it's what not to do. And those bad experiences shape us as much, if not more than those good experiences.
First private lessons instructor I used taught me to post on the WRONG leg (the inside). Took FOREVER to re-learn that. :(
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post #15 of 19 Old 02-28-2010, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
There are far more bad students than bad instructors.
Sorry, Kevin, I disagree. Of course some people are pain in butt to start with (the personality thing), but I've seen much more people tolerant with bad instructors. And I don't remember anyone to be mad about really good instructors.

It also depends on what you mean by "bad". I'm not positive I'm "bad", but I'm annoying. I ask questions all the time, often not so easy to answer and sometime dumb I'm sure. And YES, I do blame the instructor if I learn nothing from the lessons (I NEVER blame the horse though), because I always try hard to learn. When I work with the good instructor though I blame myself for being a bad rider because I do understand the instructions but just can't do it right away sometime (need practice). I'm positive lots of students feel the same.

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post #16 of 19 Old 02-28-2010, 11:28 AM
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Umm, I have a great instructor in my opinion! She is the calmest person I know and can answer any question, plus shes been through every possible riding accident. She acts as both an instructor and a friend, and is the best person to have on your side in any situation. Shes done every dicipline, and was raised on dressage so she's helping me there. The most diciplinary action I've ever experienced her do with us is throw dirt at the horse, which just gets their attention back. Nothing violent in anyway, shape or form. She's the best instructor I could ever ask for.

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post #17 of 19 Old 06-09-2013, 10:54 PM
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I have been through many trainers, mostly bad lol. Now, I'm at a barn with 3 trainers, and I only like one of them. He loves me on my horse, and he works with me. He doesnt like me working with the other trainers and he doesnt like them working my horse because he says they stress my horse out (which they do).

Every now and then he isnt there, and I have to go with one of the other two. When I ride with my fav trainer Max, I do amazing. I feel flawless. I can jump 3'6 cantering with a frame. I feel in control, I feel comfortable, I feel in sync. Thats one day. The next day, Max is gone and I have to ride with Cathy and Juliet. I do pretty much the same things, but i can't get him to canter, framing is next to impossible, he is stressed out, we are unbalanced. I look like such an inexperienced rider riding a horse that is to advanced for me, and thats probably what they think! I hate it so much and don't know why I just cant ride well with them. And to make it all worse, when i first started with max, I had come from Juliet and Cathy. WE had to pretty much start all over so that I can be where I am today. he told me some of the things they had told me dont work with all horses, especially mine. Whenever I ride with them they are like vulchers trying to change me back. After rides with them I just get so stressed out with what they think about me, and why I jusy cant ride well with them.

Does anyone else have this too??
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-09-2013, 11:12 PM
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I have had many instructors, I wouldn't say any of them were bad, maybe not as effective or helpful as I would like. My coach/instructor now, had her for 3 years is the best by far, the rest don't even compare. She doesn't ride either, and has had many students win everything they chose to compete in, or people just looking to control their horses better, to little ones just learning to ride. You have to bring your own horse, she hasn't any, just an arena and she is booked right up.
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-26-2013, 03:11 PM
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My coach is the owner of the farm. He never teaches lessons except my private ones where he sits there and directs from a chair. For the last year we have been doing the same boring w/t and not only has my riding gotten worse but its become extremely boring. He tells me to shorten my stirrups which throws me off balance and to lean forward at the trot posting which I've had 3 other coaches tell me not to.
I rode alone yesterday and have never had a better ride with a horse in my life. Our stirrups were longer than normal and I was much more balanced riding normally the way I used to before moving my horse to this god awful money scamming place.

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