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post #1 of 11 Old 01-08-2016, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Very new and interesting politics

Hi I am a very new beginner who are training with two different trainers. I like both trainers and have fun witb them. They teach me different things and I think that is super cool. But Sometimes I feel like they dont approve others' method. Also they are not in same place in terms of some of my progress. For example, one thinks I should start learning jumping but the other thinks I need to build foundation more. Do others have different trainers in one barn? What is your advice? Thank you!
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-08-2016, 06:27 AM
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If both trainers are at the same barn then they should be working together towards teaching a novice.

A good foundation is vital on the other hand trotting over a few poles will make it more fun and not do any harm.
The thing to do is to ask them both why they vary in their teaching methods.
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I think at beginner stages you should pick one and stick with them. After you learn more you may understand the different methods more. I think it would be uncomfortable to be taking lessons from 2 in the same barn. Many have different methods and it can be confusing when you don't have the basics down.
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If it were me, I would choose one to avoid confusion and go with the one who wants to build a good foundation. Rushing things before you have a good foundation increases risk of things going wrong.
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I'd also choose one. My daughter has been to 5 different trainers over the last 5 years. Each had something to teach her, but in the end, you have to pick one and stick with them. We recently tried a dressage coach whose methods were conflicting with what my daughter's jumping coach had taught her and it was causing a lot of confusion. My daughter really wants to keep jumping so we decided to go back to just doing that. I don't think it's a good idea to go back and forth.
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If both trainers are at the same facility they should be in communication with each other so you aren't caught in the middle. I do agree with the posters that feel that it is best to stick with one when you are starting out.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-08-2016, 08:30 PM
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I agree with sticking with one trainer, starting out.
When you get more experienced, and are also training your horse, it is helpful to take clinics from several well respected people in your discipline, and take from each , what works for you and your horse, thus forming your own unique program, but you are not there at this time.
I also agree that different trainers, working at the same barn, teaching the same student, have to get 'on page' with each other!
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-08-2016, 08:42 PM
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First off, Welcome to the forum!!

I am going to echo the other members here and say that you should probably just stick with one of the trainers.

I also find it pretty odd that they are teaching different methods to a new student. The back and forth of techniques and opinions will become very confusing to newer riders who may become frustrated and quit.

The trainers should really get on the same page if they are working alongside each other in the same barn.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-09-2016, 09:41 AM
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I agree with sticking with one. Conflicting advice is too confusing.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-09-2016, 09:43 AM
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Using more than one trainer in the same barn is almost always a very bad idea and when you go ahead and pick just one, be prepared for some bad feelings coming from the trainer you left behind.

I have never seen a case where 2 trainers (if you put them side by side) had the same philosophy, skills and goals and using 2 at the same time could very well slow your progress. Pick the one who has the same goals and attitude as you and drop the other one. For your own advancement, it's always getter to get the basics down before you let someone push you into jumping.
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