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post #1 of 11 Old 10-04-2015, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Two lessons, same day

Now that I'm officially retired, I get to schedule lessons whenever I want.

This weekend I went out to observe a lesson with a trainer that I thought was spectacular. I want to work with her. I also want to stay with my current trainer who is very good, as well. So I contacted the newer person to schedule a lesson and the only slot she has is on the same day as my other lesson.

Thursday is going to be a very tiring, but fun, day.

The friends that I had been riding with can only ride on weekends. They liked the new trainer as well, but she only has two horses for semi-private lessons. So they will be riding with her on Saturdays, and we will not be riding together with her. But there is another barn not too far from her where we could do a group lesson for three, so we might try doing a Saturday there once a month instead, just to change things up and give ourselves some time to ride together.

I'm itching to buy or lease a good horse for myself but I know I need to hold back. I have time to ride, now, though, and that's making me antsy. I need to take that extra energy and apply it toward building up my new business.

Must. Not. Buy. Horse.

Must. Not. Buy. Horse.

(at least, not today!)
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-04-2015, 01:20 PM
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Soooo...you will be riding with three different instructors? One you now take instruction with...one you want to take instruction with...and one is so you and your friends can ride together? I'm confused, I think.
If I were just starting out and had three different instructors telling me what to do, I would be a mess. Personally, I would pick the one that I felt would give me the best instruction and stick with that one so as to not scatter my wits all over the place.
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Soooo...you will be riding with three different instructors? One you now take instruction with...one you want to take instruction with...and one is so you and your friends can ride together? I'm confused, I think.
If I were just starting out and had three different instructors telling me what to do, I would be a mess. Personally, I would pick the one that I felt would give me the best instruction and stick with that one so as to not scatter my wits all over the place.
Yep. Eventually I'll decide who to stay and board with but I'm trying out multiple options right now so that I make the right decision down the road. I don't have to ride with my friends but it would be nice to continue that tradition on occasion.

The trainer that I observed yesterday and the one I have been riding with seem to have very similar methods and the horses seem similarly trained. I don't think that's going to be a mess. The trainer yesterday places more emphasis on groundwork, which I'm not getting from the other one. So, to me, they are a nice complement to each other.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-04-2015, 01:27 PM
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Personally, I don't have a problem taking lessons, or getting coaching, from multiple people. Everyone has a different focus, but all are working toward the same principle of better riding and helping a horse perform better.

If you have the time and money, I'd go for it.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-04-2015, 01:31 PM
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Sounds like fun!!

You will really have to hold your tongue, to keep from saying," But so and so said to do it THIS way!"
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Personally, I don't have a problem taking lessons, or getting coaching, from multiple people. Everyone has a different focus, but all are working toward the same principle of better riding and helping a horse perform better.

If you have the time and money, I'd go for it.
Yeah, my funds are not unlimited which is why I need to make a decision at some point and settle in with one trainer wherever I board. Then I can do a lesson a week and ride as much as I want in order to practice. The goal with my friends is for us all to become proficient enough to eventually lease or buy and then trailer out for rides together on our own.

For now, though, I'm checking out options because I don't want to regret my decisions later.
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Sounds like fun!!

You will really have to hold your tongue, to keep from saying," But so and so said to do it THIS way!"
Well I've been told by others here that riding multiple horses is a Good Thing, and since most trainers only have one or two horses to work with, that's also not going to happen unless I switch around a little. So far I didn't really see any big differences in the methods but of course that will probably surface. When it does, it will help me decide.
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I'm with boots on this, each instructor works and thinks slightly differently and there's certainly something to be gained from learning to consider different approaches in different situations. I'm jealous that you have the time to be riding so frequently!
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I work with two different instructors (same stable) and it's really good to work with them both. The have the same goals and philosophies, but they focus on slightly different things and have a different demeanor, which is fun.
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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.
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