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post #11 of 12 Old 06-02-2016, 10:19 AM
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He's training my horses and training my husband and I to work with them. Everything but riding. So I'd need a riding instructor. What would you do if there was a difference in advice given between your trainers? The trainer I have now does starts and refreshers, that type of thing. I just don't want to end up with 2 super well trained horses and 2 super untrained riders if that makes sense.
Well, that is kind of the paradox you get with being a green rider with a green horse. :) I didn't get my own green horse until I had about 20 years of riding experience under my belt, and I still find it very difficult at times. But if you are determined enough it is possible.

IMO, a riding instructor should teach you how to ride. The training should be left to your trainer. A good rider can only help the trainer's training. So you should look for a riding instructor that can teach you how to balance and give you a schoolmaster to ride so you know what a properly trained horse feels like first. I get differing advice between my coach and my trainer not too often, but if I did I would weigh both options and probably go with my trainer because he is the one with his hands on my horse and consistency for the horse is probably best.

When my horse was at my trainer's, I really wasn't allowed to ride her until the end of our 60 days because he was honest enough to explain to me that she wasn't ready and that he didn't want me to undo what he was working on. Once he got her to a good place, he was able to give me some lessons with her and we were very successful. Maybe your trainer just needs more time with her before he can get her to a place where you will be successful riding her? I would have a heart to heart with him about these events and explain your concerns. Communication is always good. :)


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Here's another thing to NOT do..do not get on a horse in a stall. If things go south, you can get seriously injured and there is no room for the horse to get away from you and you from the horse.
There are probably 10,000 ways to get injured with horses. Best to not increase your chances intentionally.
Stay safe and have fun. : )
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