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    03-17-2012, 12:22 AM
  #11
Trained
Well I think that as the trainer is NEW, he/she wants to see how you can handle your horse before he/she lets you jump. Nothing personal really, he/she is just secretly evaluating your riding to see what you are competent at :)
     
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    03-17-2012, 02:29 AM
  #12
Trained
There is NOTHING more infuriating as a coach, than a student that can't deal with being given instruction on something they don't want to do. Sorry sweet heart, but that's what riding is about unless you are happy to plod trails all day.
I have been chased with lunge whips, screamed at, called useless many many times, been worked until I've passed out, made to get off my horse and spend the whole lessons doing fitness exercises because my core wasn't good enough... need I say more?
You don't go to lessons, to have sunshine and rainbows pushed up your backside by someone who is a worse rider than you. You go to lessons, and pay good money, to have someone pick apart your riding and fix what you are doing wrong.
Sure, I want to go to a lesson and ride piaffe, passage and pirouettes - because they're 'fun'... but I can't do that, until my horse has got the basics down 110%. And if I find that process boring, then, I am definitely in the wrong sport and should probably take up knitting. Riding horses is hard - there is nothing easy about it at all. If you want to get anywhere, you HAVE to work hard and you might not like some of the journey, but that is where the true horse people get split from the rest of the crowd.

Obviously, if this coach is not wanting to get you jumping just yet, there is a reason for it. Now I suggest that you discard the holier than thou act, swallow your pride, and listen to what this coach has to say. You may well be surprised and find that your riding improves out of sight.
     
    03-17-2012, 08:15 AM
  #13
Yearling
Sounds like my old barn. I was doing all kinds of intermediate to advanced level riding, thought I was far ahead than most people who were riding for as long as I have. Then I switched to one of the top jumper barns in my province and it was a huge wake up call in regards to how bad I really was and how much the old barn let me progress without first letting me master the basics.

Talk about embarrassing! I told the new barn I could do this and that and they were very impressed given how long I was riding. Then came the evaluation and it was awful. Ugh! A total failure but I'm glad it happened before I started showing. I feel for the OP, going from all kinds of fun things like jumping back to the basics is a confidence killer but you have to trust that the trainer knows what's best for you. We all need a reality check at some point in our life, better sooner than later. :)
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    03-17-2012, 08:56 AM
  #14
Showing
Kayty pretty well took the words out of my mouth.

What one trainer/coach does or thinks may be light years apart from the next. I've had students in the past that had rode in other barns and where they thought they were and where they actually were, two very different things. I'd venture to say your new coach doesn't think you are ready. Ask your instructor, most are very forthcoming about where you're riding ability is at and will gladly explain why or why not they do or don't have you doing things.

Another factor not mentioned that comes into play, liability. Asking or allowing students to do things they are not ready for is a huge risk. I have beginners who'd love nothing more than to run Jana full out (and believe me they ask) when they are just starting to master a lope. It would be very poor judgement on my part to allow them to do something just because they WANT to. WANT does not translate to ABLE.
     
    03-17-2012, 09:48 AM
  #15
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kayty    
There is NOTHING more infuriating as a coach, than a student that can't deal with being given instruction on something they don't want to do. Sorry sweet heart, but that's what riding is about unless you are happy to plod trails all day.
I have been chased with lunge whips, screamed at, called useless many many times, been worked until I've passed out, made to get off my horse and spend the whole lessons doing fitness exercises because my core wasn't good enough... need I say more?
You don't go to lessons, to have sunshine and rainbows pushed up your backside by someone who is a worse rider than you. You go to lessons, and pay good money, to have someone pick apart your riding and fix what you are doing wrong.
Sure, I want to go to a lesson and ride piaffe, passage and pirouettes - because they're 'fun'... but I can't do that, until my horse has got the basics down 110%. And if I find that process boring, then, I am definitely in the wrong sport and should probably take up knitting. Riding horses is hard - there is nothing easy about it at all. If you want to get anywhere, you HAVE to work hard and you might not like some of the journey, but that is where the true horse people get split from the rest of the crowd.

Obviously, if this coach is not wanting to get you jumping just yet, there is a reason for it. Now I suggest that you discard the holier than thou act, swallow your pride, and listen to what this coach has to say. You may well be surprised and find that your riding improves out of sight.
This is fantastic! Well put :)!
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    03-17-2012, 10:20 AM
  #16
Trained
I think I may start my own business, teaching riding. I could fill a valuable niche. Of course, students would have to pay me $75/hr lesson, because my style would be so unique.

This will be the format:

1 - The student rides the horse and does what she wants.

2 - I'll have a tape playing over and over. The tape will be of me saying, "Wow! You are an incredible rider! I wish I could ride that well!"

3 - Meanwhile, I'll surf the 'net with my headphones on.

But I'll want payment in advance, in case the student gets hurt from doing something stupid. I don't plan to look away from my computer until the 60 minute timer goes off. My contract with the parent will be that they assume all liability because I don't intend to teach squat or show any concern for the student's health or well-being.

I think I could make a small fortune...
     
    03-17-2012, 11:38 AM
  #17
Showing
I've had students get angry with me, or leave, because they are not riding with a balanced seat-often with a collapsed hip with shoulders that compensate. Until this is fixed, there is no point in moving as it keeps the horse unbalanced. When I envision a line at the waist and at the shoulders I want them to be parallel.
     
    03-17-2012, 12:45 PM
  #18
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by Equinegirl12    
and the other never let me sit the canter.
If you are unable to canter, your new instructor is correct to not let you jump yet.
     
    03-17-2012, 12:47 PM
  #19
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    
I think I may start my own business, teaching riding. I could fill a valuable niche. Of course, students would have to pay me $75/hr lesson, because my style would be so unique.

This will be the format:

1 - The student rides the horse and does what she wants.

2 - I'll have a tape playing over and over. The tape will be of me saying, "Wow! You are an incredible rider! I wish I could ride that well!"

3 - Meanwhile, I'll surf the 'net with my headphones on.

But I'll want payment in advance, in case the student gets hurt from doing something stupid. I don't plan to look away from my computer until the 60 minute timer goes off. My contract with the parent will be that they assume all liability because I don't intend to teach squat or show any concern for the student's health or well-being.

I think I could make a small fortune...

I can send you a list of potential clients!!!

And don't forget the smoke machine lol
     
    03-17-2012, 01:33 PM
  #20
Foal
She's not having you jump for a reason. My trainer was doing that for a while. I have a jumper and she made me do flat lessons for almost 3 months and I was always asking to jump. Now were jumping more and our jumping has improved so much by working on the flat! All of the flat lessons have really paid off and I'm really happy that she made me do that. It all pays off in the end, trust me you'll be very glad!
     

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