Hello, I am looking for a new riding instructor in the South East Wisconsin area. I was wondering if anyone has heard/had experience with Jim Ranthum and/or Dana Panella? Jim is closer to me and I have seen him work, but Dana is on the AQHA list of trainers and has been suggested to me by a few people on a different forum.
If I <eventually> want to show AQHA would it be better to go with a trainer that is "registered" as a trainer with the AQHA or one that just shows AQHA? (actually I believe Jim now does Appy showing)
What's the difference between AQHA, APHA/AptHA (?), and the Appy association showing, if any?
And until I find a new trainer...what are the cues that you use for WP? Both of my boys were trained to speed up with bumps/squeeze of both calf muscles, slow down by squeezing the thighs, stop by sitting deep, picking up the reins slightly, and moving the legs forward just a smidge and squeezing throughout the whole leg, they lower their heads with a slight pick-up of the reins and a little squeeze with the heel and sitting deep in the saddle(supposed to be like "lifting the horse up"). The reason I ask is because I want to make sure I'm doing this right (I'm starting to doubt my current trainer's abilities a little)
Sorry for the long, ramble-y post