08-17-2013, 09:00 PM
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I agree with everyone so far.
My trainer showed a long time ago, but has since retired to teaching lessons all day, every day, and training outside horses. She likes that better than competing herself. She still takes the young horses in training to town for local show experience, and hauls with her students to shows, but doesn't compete herself that much.
One thing to remember is that as in any sport, the toughest coaches often make the best students. Many people have left my barn because they just couldn't handle the pressure my trainer put on them. She's really a lovely woman who cares about you, would bend over backwards to make sure you succeed, and gets results big time. However, she won't take any crap from you or a horse, and there's no drama allowed.
The thing I'm trying to convey here, is don't get discouraged if you find a tough trainer. Know the difference between them putting pressure on you for your benefit, and putting pressure on you to make you feel inferior. Know that it's a hard thing to master, and that there will be bad days sometimes.