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post #1 of 9 Old 04-17-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Today's riding lesson....

Today i had my lesson. It went really well. The weather was nice too.

But i was kinda bored though. All we did was walk trot on the top half of the ring. We went in both directions. My trainer just sat there...she really didnt say anything. Sometimes she would say... *you have to look more when you come around the courner* and *you have to keep your hands up more* ..when my horse would stop trottng...she would help me get him going again...but thats pretty much it.

Is it a good or bad thing that my trainer didnt say anything to me.. It felt like we could of done some more stuff in today's lesson. My mom was cantering him in her lesson over the weekend...so i thought atleast we would give cantering a try on the lunge...but no.

We will see what happens in next week's lesson.

Some lessons go really well and im happy at the end. Some lessons are really bad and i get nervous during the ride. ...
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-17-2012, 11:48 PM
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Well I would not be impressed if my trainer only told me those few things during a lesson.

I think you should talk to your trainer.
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 12:30 AM
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I sympathize with you. I, too, sometimes have lessons where I'm just not sure if it's my fault it was a boring lesson or the instructor. Sometimes I also wonder if she was supposed to say more, or say it differently. I guess because I'm not so self-confident in riding. Maybe your instructor just had a bad day? Or is she like that all the time?

Mine is sometimes quiet and annoys me by saying, Okay, so what do you want to learn? But most of the time she has an active lesson plan and challenges me. So I forgive her for her lapses. Lessons are so expensive, and I'm starting to realize fantastic, awesome instructors are not easy to find!
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 04:19 AM
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I agree, I give lessons to this girl that is also in the lesson program at the barn I board at. She is WAY too advanced to be in the class she is in, so I offered to let her ride my horse after since the instructor doesn't focus on her as much as the other girls in the class.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 08:36 AM
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I feel like if you are paying for instruction, then you should be receiving what you're paying for right. I'll ask what someone else asked, is she like this all the time? If she's not maybe she was having a bad day but she still shouldn't let it interfere with her job. How long have you been riding with her, maybe you have outgrown the level of knowledge she can share with you. The only time an instructor may be quiet during a lesson is when they observing and searching for that one golden nugget of advice to give you that can change everything, but it doesn't sound like that was the case here. First I would talk to her, and second I would start going to watch other riding lessons from other instructors and see if you don't think they might be able to help you further along. When you change instructors, usually it's not personal its just that you've outgrown them or you'd like a fresh perspective...sometimes its personal lol!
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Nope....my trainer wasnt in a bad mood. She was just being quiet because there wasnt much to change in my riding i guess. Shes not like that all the time. In past lessons,shes talked alot more. Only because i was feeling nervous and she was helping me out.

Ive been at the same barn/with the same trainer for 21 years. :)

Im going to email her and see if we can do something different in next week's lesson.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 06:50 PM
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I've had instructors like that.....notice the word HAD in there? My current & most effective & favorite instructor has different things for me to do all the time when a previous worked on skill is mastered, or improved. She never runs out of things. She goes to many clinics to pick up techniques/ideas. After riding with her for a few years, I feel very lucky to have her.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-18-2012, 09:21 PM
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The other question would be is are you happy where you are in your riding or do you have much bigger and better long term goals? If so, I'd encourage you to look for more instruction. Best of luck, let us know how everything goes :)
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Nope....my trainer wasnt in a bad mood. She was just being quiet because there wasnt much to change in my riding i guess. Shes not like that all the time. In past lessons,shes talked alot more. Only because i was feeling nervous and she was helping me out.

Ive been at the same barn/with the same trainer for 21 years. :)

Im going to email her and see if we can do something different in next week's lesson.

You know, sometimes people get so used to each other that they stop seeing what needs to be seen. You might consider changing things up. Seek out someone who will have higher expectations of you. You'll be uncomforatable at first, but you'll grow!
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