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post #11 of 21 Old 07-15-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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frlsgirl, I am in NE Oklahoma. Who is it that you would recommend?
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-15-2014, 09:16 PM
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She was of the loud variety. Thanks for your opinions. I think I will give it a try.
Where in OK are you? I'm looking for training for a couple of my horses too. Wondering if the trainer is anywhere near here. For a very horsey state, the trainers all seem to be concentrated down around Purcell, which is a couple of hours south of me.

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-15-2014, 09:32 PM
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They might have to be loud to be heard across an arena. I'd rather too loud than too quiet!
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-16-2014, 10:13 AM
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They might have to be loud to be heard across an arena. I'd rather too loud than too quiet!
same

my current trainer is quiet and sometimes looks to me to steer the lessons
don't get me wrong, she does correct me when i do something wrong, but i wish she would take a little more initiative and plan around what i need to work on
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-16-2014, 12:20 PM
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I am a teenager and not the most confident person. About a year ago my parents paid for me to have lessons, these lasted for about 8 months. I enjoyed them and learned a good deal but wouldn't go back to the same barn for certain reasons.
I am having trouble finding a place reasonably close that teaches western riding, which is weird considering my location. Several years ago I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center. One of the instructors there runs a barn that has western lessons. The instructor was good with the horses and it seems like a quality establishment. So I am considering taking lessons there. My problem is that she kind of scared me. I'm not sure why, everyone else loved her but I found her intimidating. It may not be that way now and who knows if I got to know her better it might not be like that.
So should I suck it up and take lessons there even though she scares me or should I keep looking for a different barn.
ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR GUT! IT'S THERE TO PROTECT YOU! Keep on looking for another barn.
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-16-2014, 12:22 PM
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I tend to agree with Rebel. Any instructor in any sport is going to see intimidating at first. That is just normal as they are there to teach, not necessarily to make friends with every student. There is a big difference between being mean and simply being serious.
My instructor is certainly not"warm and fuzzy), but I'm not sure i would want her to be. I'm go me to the stables purely to learn. I'm polite to everyone (including the instructor), but my goal is pretty clear.
I think if you keep trying different stables you are going to seek they are similar and riding could become lessm fun for you.
You are just new, so relax and ride !

My best to you.
I had all kinds of instructors over the past in many sports and while I did not find this to be true, perhaps there is something we're missing here?
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post #17 of 21 Old 07-16-2014, 05:04 PM
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ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR GUT! IT'S THERE TO PROTECT YOU! Keep on looking for another barn.
Totally agree. My gut never lets me down and when my brain overrides it, I get bit.

You aren't going to learn if you can't relax and be receptive to the information.
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My spelling was horrible in my last post. Sorry.
I was merely trying to say that there are a variety of instructors and they all have their personal ways of teaching. As riders we also have certain comfort zones in the way we are being taught. I personally prefer someone who is a bit loud so that I don't have to slow my pace to hear them. It can be very frustrating, so I actually like yelling if you will. I think the main thing is to give the instructor enough time to see if it's a good fit for you.
Just make sure you are enjoying the experience and remember that it gets better with time.
Relax and ride !
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My spelling was horrible in my last post. Sorry.
I was merely trying to say that there are a variety of instructors and they all have their personal ways of teaching. As riders we also have certain comfort zones in the way we are being taught. I personally prefer someone who is a bit loud so that I don't have to slow my pace to hear them. It can be very frustrating, so I actually like yelling if you will. I think the main thing is to give the instructor enough time to see if it's a good fit for you.
Just make sure you are enjoying the experience and remember that it gets better with time.
Relax and ride !
And then, I just called a lady over a lease on her farm. She instructs. I went and checked her social media. It says something to the effect that she hates people and wants to kill white people. I think she's white too. Perhaps they were lyrics, but I don't think I want to ride at her place, no thanks. It's just my thing, but social media quotes of any kind where you avow total hatred for the human race is off putting!
Back to the lease drawing board.
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I had the reputation for being a very tough instructor. I had to be. There were often as many as thirty children at the stables so, if I said, "Jump" they never asked "how high?" They just did their best!

I treated these children the same as the horses, to start, close boundaries, then as trust was formed, these widened.

Recently I had a woman I had taught tell me that when her mother moved her and her sister to my place, they begged and pleaded not to. She said that not even knowing me they were terrified of my reputation.
She went on to say that they learned a lot, not just riding but in all ways, that although I was tough I was always fair and how, after a couple of years when their parents bought land to keep their horses on, they begged and pleaded not to move.

Give this person a chance, often the bark is worse than the bite!
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