So here's my little rant, bear with me!
I've been with my trainers for my entire riding career. They really used to help me a lot and always gave me tips and pointers. Well, for the past year or so (maybe more) they have not been saying anything to me unless I'm doing something extremely horrible (like getting mad at y horse for something stupid I would do) and even then they would just tell me to walk and take a breather. At a horse show in January, my horse suddenly lost SOO much weight (were talking ribs showing, hip bones sticking out, the whole deal). Since he was so skinny and out of shape, he was not round over fences, constantly ticking rails, and was ALWAYS tired. And since he was actually having bad form for the past three months, I was not placing well and was getting angry since they weren't telling me a thing, so I thought I was doing well. Well, I was at the point of selling him and being done all together because I was so angry with the situation and myself for not being able to ride my horse right. I told my father about how I was feeling (since he's super competitive and was also mad that I was not doing as well as we thought I should have been doing) and he noticed my trainer wasnt telling me as much, is anything compared to the other trainers who are up at the arena, watching their students and telling them the good and the bad. He thought I should either get a new horse, or get a new trainer. I told my trainer my dads thoughts and he immediately got a fellow trainer to help me at the show. And boy did it make a difference. Now, 2 months later, moose has gained weight, is fit, happy, and has just been awesome. My only problem is, he is still ticking rails which at the moment is the only problem. Since hes a big horse, and AQHA does not go over 3' for fences, he doesn't put forth the effort on his own. My trainer (the man, they are a married couple, the lady always used to by my eq trainer and the man more on my horse, but the lady is normally busy so the man always gives us lessons and is at the shows) told me to bridle him up, keep his attention, and use a little more leg. It worked for a little while, but it is not enough. I showed today, and the lady was here instead of the man. At first I was excited because she normally has something to say, but I was rather disappointed. She said he was great other than the rail ticking, so what did she do? Yelled at me and told me to get a little after him. Didn't work. She continued to say the same thing, and I finally said "it's not working, I don't know what to do" and she continued saying the same thing. I honestly, did not want to get after him. He was being very good, and I think he was just ticking that one jump because most of the jumps were small because of a trainer riding a green horse. Well, we did our classes and he continued to tick a few rails. I came out of my first class, not angry at my horse, but at myself. What does she say? "what do you think you need to do?" -___-. I told her multiple times after that " I don't know, I'm doing what I think but it's not working, what do I need to do?" and she never told me. The judge, was the trainer who helped me at the show in January, and obviously noticed my horses total change and placed me first in my youth classes, with ticks, and third in my open with the trainers. Now, I consider myself a hardworking student. Whenever my trainers tell me to work on something, I do it, because I want to win. I rise every day I can, and on days I can't ride, I'm out at the barn taking care of my horse or just hanging out. Switching barns is not an option. They live right down the road, and the closest AQHA trainer is 3 hours away. I'm just frustrated because I want to do what needs to be done to get moose to pick his legs up, but I can't teach myself.. It's obviously not working. I don't like wasting the thousands of dollars on trainers who don't tell me anything. It's so frustrating! Luckily, I'm showing again tomorrow and the man will be there, so maybe he will have something to say (he's normally more laid back and will tell me what I have to do if it's drastic -__-)
Thanks for listening to my extreme rant. Sorry for any typos, I wrote this on my phone because I needed to vent. I love my horse, and he has such great potential to be a constant winner, and I want to be able to rise him the right way so we can both take each other to victory. I'm willing to do whatever it takes.
Right now (ugh the continuation of my rant!!) I want a trainer that will actually get on my horse and experience it so they can tell me what I need to do. Both my trainers do not show the hunters, only train them. We have to ride through our own problems unless they are being absolutely horrible (which, knock on wood, is rarely the case). But, the trainers in my area, I doubt will be willing to ride him for free or at a cheap price, and be willing to help me. Oh the frustration -___-
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