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Looking for a English Riding Instructor *Help*
I live in a Western populated town and am wanting to find an English riding instrutor, as you may have already guessed they are few and far in between lol. I am going to place ads on VirginiaEquestrian.com and Craigslist.com hoping to find an instructor. If anyone on here know's of any in Virginia please feel free to let me know :)
I want to know what I should ask when looking for an Instructor? Or when I write the ad what should I say in it? These will be the first lessons I have EVER had. My dad taught me to ride Western and I mainly trail ride. I have also barrel raced and done some other "rodeo" type classes as well as several types of pleasure classes. But I have never had a real lesson so I am lost when it comes to finding one.
Another thing... I am a bigger rider and I want the instructor I get to be "Plus-sized-rider-friendly" if you know what I mean. And as far as that goes.. How would I ask if they are or how would I know if they are?
Anyother advise/tips or anything you would want to tell me would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks so much.
There are ALOT of riders up there right now because winter isn't there yet! I would check the USEA site, and the USHJA site, they could help alot! And I most instuructors shouldn't bash you about your weight! You should make sure the insturctor is certified and trains beginners. Good luck!
usually you can google riding instructors and put in your town or county and come up with local listings
I just did a google search as lovemyponies suggested and a whole bunch of riding schools/instructors came up in one of the first links :) I think it was www.newhorse (something or other). I typed in 'riding instructors in virginia'.
What do you mean by there are a lot of riders up there right now? LOL
lovemyponies: Thanks I will try it :)
Welshpony15: Thanks I will go and have a look :)
Anyone know what I should ask when I am looking for a potential instructor?
I would definitely ask their background, their approach to instruction, go visit them, watch a lesson, see how the barn is, etc.
I took your advise and googled for instructors. I only found one I like and I messaged them through that site. They seemed nice :) We shall see where it goes :)
talk to the students when you visit too, are you going to be using your own horse or theirs? if so check out their horses... that makes a huge diference.
I want to find one that will let me use my mare. I don't feel right on just any horse so she is perfect lol
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