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        08-16-2009, 04:10 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    ,,,I'm not sure how my current trainer would feel about me taking from another trainer... I geuss I'm going to have to chat with her about it.... not really sure how well that will go over...
    I would advise against doing this strongly. I tried to do this recently, and it failed miserably. The local trainer was too set in his methods to even consider allowing me to do what the BNT wanted me to do, and considered his ideas flat out wrong. In my situation, I know that the BNT is right, and that what the local trainer wanted me to do was hindering my horse. Needless to say, I am no longer there. Maybe your current trainer will be different, but many of them won't be. (there are exceptions to this - I remember being at a show and my old trainer, whom I adore, sitting in the arena talking to another trainer about what he could do differently to improve my horses lead changes)
         
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        08-16-2009, 08:00 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I space my lessons out at least 2 weeks apart. I simply don't feel like I have enough time to perfect what I'm working on in one week. My horse is still a bit green, so we have a little more of a learning curve for both of us than if I were riding a school master.
         
        08-16-2009, 11:19 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    ,,,I'm not sure how my current trainer would feel about me taking from another trainer... I geuss I'm going to have to chat with her about it.... not really sure how well that will go over...
    It's about what you need and want, not about how your current trainer's feelings may get hurt.
    Remember, he/she is probably going to do anything to keep your business. In this situation, I'd say go with your gut. You know your situation better than any of us.
         
        08-18-2009, 10:26 AM
      #14
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    ,,,I'm not sure how my current trainer would feel about me taking from another trainer... I geuss I'm going to have to chat with her about it.... not really sure how well that will go over...
    Why do you want to go to the different one? If you don't feel the current one satisfies your goals (and that's happened with several trainers I tried) then just stop taking lessons and go to the other guy. If you are happy with the current one and also want to take "higher level" lessons then I'd just explain her and may be do one week with her, one week with the other trainer.

    In my case weekly lessons do help a lot. The trainer can see from side what I'm doing incorrectly (everything lol!).
         
        08-18-2009, 10:46 AM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    I'm confused right now. I don't know if I'm moving the way I should be, I'm not sure if my trainer is helping me to get there. I love her, she and her husband are a great team. But I have some things I'm just not getting. Am I not getting them because they aren't able to guide me? Or am I not getting them because I'm not getting them?

    Also, I have a full time job, a 6 year old, and a husband that travels frequently. I hate that I get put on a guilt trip when I have to cancel a lesson. I can't make horses my number one responsibility. They have to fall behind the family and the job.

    Another thing is the barn was exclusively an adult barn with a beginner lesson program for young kids. It was a very serious come to learn and have fun place. Now the young kids are teenagers, which I don't mind, but they are really bringing the drama to the barn between the boys and the cat fights and they are draining the life out of it. I don't know. I'm at a loss right now and the biggest thing is, my trainer WILL take it personally if I go elsewhere so it's not a decision I can make lightly.

    I recieved an e-mail from the gentle man I am interested in training with. He remembers my horse from the fireworks show. "I remember right he was a good mover just needs to get broke for what we want in AQHA shows"
         
        08-18-2009, 10:47 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I only ride in lessons, since I'm yet to get my own horse (mom said I can lease next year... ) and I ride twice a week. It really depends what you are doing in between lessons. If you're riding and working on what you were tought in lessons, then having a little more time in between lessons would be fine. Since I'm not with the horses at all between lessons, I like to have them more frequently.
         
        08-18-2009, 11:07 AM
      #17
    Started
    I think it depends on the person. For me, the more lessons the better I am. I get two a week. I try really hard, but I just can't get the same results not in a lesson. Out of lessons I'm easily frustrated by my own lack of skill. I'm just not a good enough rider to get what I want out of a ride without well trained eyes telling me what to do.

    Others I know would be fine with 2 lessons a month
         
        08-18-2009, 10:42 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    But I have some things I'm just not getting. Am I not getting them because they aren't able to guide me? Or am I not getting them because I'm not getting them?
    Farmpony, I don't think it's because you are NOT getting something. As I said I tried number of trainers (ALL recommended to me) and was not getting something/anything from most of them. But the lady I work with now can explain and make it work even for such a green rider and horse we are right now. Yes, I know that may sound too selfish and such, but I do feel we (especially my horse) achieve something in each lesson. You sound much more experienced then me frankly. May be your trainer sets too high goals too fast and you just can't "be there in time", or may be it just doesn't work for you and your horse.

    I'd give other guy a try. If he's really great even once in 2 weeks may be way more helpful then a lesson every week, which brings nothing (or almost nothing).
         
        08-19-2009, 11:13 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I do the best when I am on my own with instruction once every two weeks. I do the opposite of many of the riders that have posted. I become TOO dependent on a trainer and stop thinking for myself.
         
        08-20-2009, 05:40 AM
      #20
    Showing
    I honestly can't help you there, I have never had a proper lesson (except for Dad telling me "put your reins in your left hand, quit switching hands" and "Sit down, his trot isn't that rough" LOL). I am quite sure that I would cause a trainer to have a heart attack, I have so many bad habits.

    I would guess that the bi-monthly lessons would work fine so long as the trainer is a really good one and you are comfortable working on things at home that were only touched on in lessons.
         

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