Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: North-Central California
• Horses: 0
Thanks, everyone. I can see both sides to this.
The thing is, we've all been taking lessons at the same barn anyway, but assigned random instructors even though we've tried to use the instructor we wanted but they always change it at the last minute. Although we wanted to learn Western, they've basically been teaching English techniques in Western saddles. I hear that's not uncommon :( Those instructors have definitely been telling us different things. It's been terrible.
So this is all part of our effort to find a new and better riding home, and the best fit for all of us. We're narrowing down what we want and what we don't want, and we've researched a lot, so it's not like we'll be learning English at one place and Western at another. We're solidly looking at western-only discipline with emphasis on heavy use of seat and leg aids and minimal, very light reining. All three of these trainers fit these criteria, so we're fine tuning our decisions at this point.
Actually, I'm pretty sure I'll ultimately board where I went yesterday, I was that impressed. But my other trainer is good, less far, and less expensive, so I don't see why I shouldn't keep working with her, as well.