Trailering in for lessons?
My daughter, age 10, has been taking lessons for 4 years and we just bought her a horse about two months ago. Last summer, she started to jump and she loves it. Her horse is an excellent jumper and has competed very successfully. He is a real gem. He's also trained for levels 1 and 2 dressage and has won many championships. So he can go either way. My daughter, on the other hand, really wants to jump. She was working with a jumping coach until we recently moved the horse closer to us. We now have a dressage coach coming in to work with her. While I'm very happy with the dressage coach, my daughter really doesn't want to compete in dressage and has continued to practice jumping between dressage lessons. I understand it's possible to do both, but she is having to unlearn everything she learned in jumping, change her position, stirrup length, etc. for dressage and I wonder if it's worth it if she's just going to go back to jumping in the spring.
There's another local coach that has rave reviews. She's competed at high levels and her students compete successfully. I have heard nothing but good things about her. Here's the catch - she isn't crazy about coaching off-property. She is very busy with a lot of students and does not have the time (we're a 15 minute drive away). She's not saying absolutely not, but she's suggested other options like trailering in. We don't have a trailer yet, but would consider buying one or borrowing the neighbors' (I think I could work out a financial arrangement with them so I could basically rent it when I need it - that way I don't have to pay maintenance, insurance, etc.). Our horse trailers very well so that's not an issue.
Does anyone do this? How much of a hassle is it? One option I may propose to the coach is that we do one week at her place and one week here (like I said, she didn't say NO, just that she's really busy... so maybe if I propose something like that, she'd go for it). She also holds competitions at her barn so it would be good for my daughter and her horse to become familiar with the place if they're going to compete there. On the other hand, the idea of pulling a trailer every week seems like a lot of work. Yet other people in the area do it so I guess it's not so bad?