First thanks everyone, we have come along ways!
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
I've been riding for 20 years and pay a coach to teach me what I don't know.
Second JustDressageIt, I'm glad you've taken that many lessons I'm sure you must be getting top of the line by now, or at least improved greatly!
You might say that I do have a "trainer" through Clinton Anderson's method, if I need help or something isn't working out great I'll go back and re-watch for the items I missed. It's not that I have anything against hands on training other then, money transportation etc.
I guess I am not looking to be the top trainer, take formal riding lessons for 20 + yrs, or show my horses. I just want to enjoy my horse, do a little groundwork to keep everything going smooth, and maintain what I do know.
I want to use them for things around the farm like hauling hay or kids in the winter, do a little this and that with the horses and just have fun. And I have been doing just that after I've spent hours and hours watching training dvds/books etc. to get my horses to that point.
And you might say that CA's method isn't very good, maybe so,
but I've not only solved most of my horses problems, but have gotten them to the point that I can do most anything with them, which is great!!! You can't imagine the fun we have!
Do I need a trainer? Maybe, for what? Well I'd like to get better with my riding, learn how to teach myself/horse to cut cows, anything else? Maybe but I haven't really come up with anything that is driving me to find one (I don't show, don't ride English, don't jump, don't do any speed events or that type of thing).
So you say, well you defiantly need one to learn how to ride totally correct, maybe but my horse isn't in pain when I ride, I'm not in pain and my horse obeys me well. I'm always looking for tips to ride better, and if I find good ones I go out and try them with my horse. If they work well I incorporate them into my riding, if not well I keep looking for tips that will better myself or my horse.
I started this thread because of a specific situation and I figured out what I needed to do to solve it. Thanks to everyone!
Ps. I hope I don't offend anyway, I don't try to do that as a hobby.