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post #11 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 04:18 PM
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As just about everyone else said, it's just part of life at a big barn. We have tons of people hanging out on the judges stand, riding in the rings, walking around, etc (rule is to stay out of the way of the person lessoning) and sometimes lessons get watched. In fact, I actually think it's a good idea to watch other peoples lessons, you learn a lot by watching. Discuss it with your instructor if you want to, but there's probably nothing she can do about it.
There are also times when people interrupt me when I"m teaching. I don't let people have a conversation with me, but if someone comes up to me and asks where the fly spray is I'll tell them. I also don't answer my phone during a lesson, but I will look at a text during a walk break if it's from someone lessoning that day, simply bc I need to know if they are cancelling last minute or if they're having trouble in the barn getting ready. I feel like I can do a decent job teaching and still do those things. If she is standing around talking to people ignoring you? That's a problem.
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-14-2013, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
it's unreasonable to expect people not to watch, however, it's not unreasonable to expect your instructor to minimize any conversations with anyone other than you when you are getting your paid for time.
I should print this off this quote and give it to my coach...

Anywho, I agree. It may be tough to get the arena completely alone at a fairly public barn. If you can find a private barn then the spectator number will probably dwindle. Unfortunately, I think you will be hard pressed to find a barn that will close the arena down for you. Unless you specifically pay to have the arena to yourself for that hour there will probably be people milling about. I don't mind (and actually kind of enjoy) spectators but when my coach spends more of my lesson talking with people than teaching me I have an issue with it (this has happened more than I would like to admit). Don't be afraid to talk to your coach if your having issues with the amount she is talking with other people. You aren't paying for her to have a grand ol' chat with some random.
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post #13 of 13 Old 06-16-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your input! :) It seems to be a resounding 'This is normal'. I shouldn't be very surprised, my previous barns weren't that great for the most part and not popular, so people weren't around unless they had a reason. I talked to my instructor about it, saying that I didn't realize that it was so common until after the conversation. My lesson day was changed from the afternoon one day to early morning another. I'm now the first lesson of the day so there's less people. Still enough for me to get used to spectators but not enough to make me freak, ha. I'm really happy that this is something that happens regularly not a sign of a bad barn. It'll be nice to be able to settle down at a barn that isn't snobby/sleazy/trying-to-get-all-the-monies. Happy riding everyone :)
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