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post #1 of 4 Old 09-18-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Question scheduling lessons help! (potential etiqutte problem?)

I've been using my trainer since July and I've really enjoyed the barn I ride at (it's on the campus of a school i hope to attend so that's a plus too!)
my problem is that when I started they had camp during the day so I had to take my lessons on sundays, which is really inconvenient for me because i dont have a car and don't have enough time between work and my lesson to take a bus, so i had to spend a fortune on a cab every week. now the school year has started and camp is over so I can start taking my lessons during the week on my days off. I can take the bus and while the there-and-back commute adds hours to my day, I don't really mind it and only spend about 5 bucks total on my commute.

my question is, would it be considered rude or inconvenient if I scheduled my lessons (based on any openings my trainer has) on any day i happened to have off? my work schedule varies each week, i'm lucky if i get the same day/days off with each new schedule. i could theoretically request to not be scheduled on certain days but we are short staffed right now and I'm being considered for promotion so being available as much as possible is really important. I just don't want my trainer to become annoyed with me and having an irregular schedule.

i'm honestly at a loss... do i keep regular weekly lessons with my trainer and limit my availability at work? or do i schedule lessons when I am able and potentially use a different trainer when my current one isn't available?
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As long as you give the trainer a heads up to make sure it's ok, and give plenty of notice with your schedule, I don't see any reason why it would be a problem. Many people work varying schedules or shift work and have to work around it. That's one thing I love about my barn, it's super laid back and flexible, because all of us riders riders AND our main trainer are all very busy, especially during the summer, so everyone works really hard to be flexible and accommodate everyone else. I know not everywhere is like that, of course, but if you explain your situation I'm sure they would be very happy to try work with you as best they can.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-18-2013, 12:31 PM
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It would probably depend on how busy your trainer's schedule is. If they are pretty solidly booked, it may be hard to move your time around, but if there are openings, I'm sure you can work something out. The main thing here is communication. Tell your trainer what you just told us, and then ask which would be the best way to handle it to make everyone happy.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-18-2013, 12:33 PM
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That's something you should discuss with your trainer. Be honest with her and be absolutely sure to give her as much notice as possible.
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