working without a trainer...... and loving it? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 03-16-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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working without a trainer...... and loving it?

So we all know a good trainer is a fantastic resource.

I split with my trainer in october and have since come leaps and bounds, as a rider, horsewoman and instructor for my own students.

It's forced me to seed out my own opinions, my own way o doing things. To take things my trainer had told me and ignore them if they weren't walking.

For example Ella my greenie,
Trainer wanted halts using the emergency stop and bending. I've implemented a woah voice command and stopping as i'd stop her when leading hand up and back slightly and if it doesn't work bump (she's in a halter). She picked this up really fast and she's used to it as the halter moves in a similar fashion to on the ground.

I've taught her to canter and I woah her to come back to a trot before i pick up the reins. Clickings fantastic too.

With Prin
My trainer was really natural and I wasn't allowed to use my breastplate / martingale. My martingale is really loose it only kicks in if she really kicks her head up so unless she's having a tanty she can't feel it. And he breast plate seriously its a breast plate. I need it for hunting and its handy having the strap.

Since leaving her I've found myself looking at various instructors. 2 eventing clinics coming up, 2 hunter training days

I've definitely got more confidence jumping and it turns out what i thought was prin rushing jumps was just her being forward.

I'm loving not having a trainer!

anyone else in this boat.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-16-2013, 06:27 PM
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I don't ride so often anymore, but I haven't had a trainer for a while and like you, I like it.

I get that they can be super useful and if I really need one I'm sure I'll call one but it can be great doing it on your own. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners but after a while you can tend to use trainers as a crutch of sorts. You adopt their way of thinking (often) and do what your taught. But sometimes its great to develop your own way, to make mistakes, try new things and see what works for you, rather than learning what works for other people.

If you think about it, as far as hobbies go horse riding is one of the few that people generally have continued instruction. Often people learn the skills and go off on their own, and maybe that isn't such a bad thing sometimes.
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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Well, I have been without a trainer since I bought my horse at the end of last year (and with the last two horses I leased!), but mostly due to finances and scheduling... not so much by choice!

I have very much grown as a horsewoman because I have been forced to troubleshoot things myself. I've worked through problems with my horse (spooking and leadership, trail work and obstacles, working on contact and lifting the back) and even improved my own riding (better using my seat, learning how to communicate with every inch of my body). Every little triumph is an "omg! " moment. However, I will say that I think my progress is slower than if I had a trainer, and I have spent a lot of time after riding reviewing videos of myself! I now keep my everything-proof camera and charger at the barn so I am never without the ability to "watch myself!"

I like the liberty of working trainer-free, but I have my moments where I think-- yeah, I need a professional's eye! So it definitely has its ups and downs.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-17-2013, 01:07 AM
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I've never had a trainer, got back into horses 10yrs. ago after being away from horses for over 30 yrs......never had a trainer as a kid either.....I love it!

My horses are the joy in my life.....
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