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, so that no one reading this thinks that we're cold-hearted, just wanted to comment that most of us have left personal condolence messages on your thread.
Don't worry about me! I have a really great relationship with this trainer. Although I do tend to be the "giving" type, he does not take advantage of me and is very professional.
To start with, he charges me less than others (€25 per class, which is what they charge for a trail ride on an old auto-pilot horse here). I know he charges others more. For me, riding implies showing up early, bringing in horses, brush, tacking, etc. beforehand, then untacking, showering, drying, stalling, etc. afterwards. I bet you were taught that way too, right? Well, his other clients expect horses to be ready when they arrive, doing no grooming, tacking, etc. Sort of like
's experience last week.
Because I like having a rapport with all the horses he works with (and being around larger horses is also good training for my brain - still a trigger for me), I help out brushing, tacking, untacking, etc. the other horses he is riding that morning, too (usually 3 or 4, sometimes 5 or 6). I guess I am stilll a barn rat. But, he is very appreciative, so when I have bad clases, like last week, he says, "don't pay me for today." Honestly, he is the most considérate trainer I have ever had.
And, as far as the training/re-training goes, it is work I have always enjoyed. Presu is a stubborn one, though. Plus, it is great strengthening work for me, and I like changing things up. I have always enjoyed any kind of riding, even arena work, which I'm sure you find tedious. However, trainer always gives me options at the beginning of class and, unless I'm coming down with something, I usually choose the tougher option.