Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I am very picky as to whom I take lessons with. I find that there are far more Uneducated Coaches out there, teaching the Uneducated, creating more Uneducated, so that they can grow up and become the Uneducated teaching more Uneducated.
Harsh cycle. I think anyone who is in the market to take lessons, or are already taking lessons, really need to evaluate what they are learning, how they are learning and ask themselves if they feel they are getting what they need out of their lessons.
A good Coach to me, is someone as Always stated, a person who can accomodate each indavidual student to their needs and approaches the education in a manner where that rider will understand and beable to grasp.
My Coach must be involved in the sport, ride the sport, train in the sport and be up to their ears in the sport.
1) Someone who takes lessons themselves
No one is to good for lessons, even GP level riders take lessons. We all need those eyes on the ground, and someone who takes lessons shows me that they take their sport seriously and their education. Also by taking lessons, they are able to keep themselves on the top of their game, and their education so that they can pass that onto their students.
2) Someone who competes in their sport
To me, a Coach who not only trains in their sport, but also competes in their sport shows me that they are involved mentally and physically so that they can transfer that to their students. They are ontop of their game and can educatedly help and prepare their students to beable to do their best. They are ontop of rules and regulations and protocol's, the dangers and the requirements needed to perform.
I don't care if they don't place, just so ong as they are involved. As the old saying goes "**** or get off the pot"
3) My Coach must be dressed and ready to ride if need be:
One of my biggest pet peve's, are coaches who aren't dressed and ready to ride their students horse if any moment arises where your Coach needs to get on to help.
My Coach shows up every lesson, ready to ride. I love that she can get on any horse that she's working with, do a couple of loops and beable to feel the horse and understand how the horse works and its' buttons - so that she can be that much more ontop of the game, to help her student ride his/her horse even better. Where she can understand how that particular horse works, so that she can help her student learn how that horse works and what approaches are needed.
Nelson needs to be ridden a certain way, as does my buddies horse - not every horse works the same way and not every question is answered or understood the same way. So when my Coach can get on and get a feel for the horse, she can be that much more prepared to help her student learn to ride how the horse needs to be ridden.
For a Good Rider Conforms To Their Horse, A Poor Rider Makes The Horse Conform To Them
If your Coach is asking you to do something, and you can't get the result he/she is asking, then your Coach should be prepared and ready to get on the horse so that they can get a feel for how he/she works and moves, so that he/she can give you another approach to the question.
It also shows that the Coach is ready to be 100% involved and prepared for those just incase incidents. It shows respect for the student and their time as well, and it shows respect for the sport.
These are the most important aspects for me in choosing a Coach. Of course there are other importancies as well, but they've already been mentioned by others who have posted before me.
Last edited by MIEventer; 08-06-2010 at 03:30 PM.