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post #11 of 17 Old 11-22-2015, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing wrong with an uncertified coach! My 2# instructor was amazing I really did like her she has worked in barns in Germany riding some very upper level horses. Unfortunately we didn't fit but I know people who have absolutely loved her!

My TB just didn't cope with it hes a very kind horse and needs a kinder hand. If it works it works! Although your previous coach sounds like my 1# he made me cry telling me I had mentally damaged my TB after he yelled and made my TB run around for an hour... Maybe I didn't understand what he was trying to teach? But my TB wasn't the same afterwards..
Sorry to hear that... coach # 4 worked for us as long as my daughter was riding dead-to-the-world lesson horses who needed crops just to trot. You HAD to get after those horses to get them moving. It's totally different with our Arab, of course. He needs a gentle hand and this coach's style just didn't seem to have any impact on him.
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Nothing wrong with an uncertified coach! My 2# instructor was amazing I really did like her she has worked in barns in Germany riding some very upper level horses. Unfortunately we didn't fit but I know people who have absolutely loved her!

My TB just didn't cope with it hes a very kind horse and needs a kinder hand. If it works it works! Although your previous coach sounds like my 1# he made me cry telling me I had mentally damaged my TB after he yelled and made my TB run around for an hour... Maybe I didn't understand what he was trying to teach? But my TB wasn't the same afterwards..
Sorry to hear that... coach # 4 worked for us as long as my daughter was riding dead-to-the-world lesson horses who needed crops just to trot. You HAD to get after those horses to get them moving. It's totally different with our Arab, of course. He needs a gentle hand and this coach's style just didn't seem to have any impact on him.
Good trainers that suit are hard to find! But once you do hold on to them! Good luck I am sure it will work out .
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Quite honestly from what you have written I would stick with the latest coach, the Only thing that you didn't seem to like was that the horse was holding his head low - that to me is a good thing - it shows that with your daughter riding by her legs and seat he was relaxing and head down means they are using their backs.

Believe me, his head will soon come up when she is taught to ride with a light rein contact.

It all sounds very good to me.
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Not going to comment much on the horse and the way of movement, the carrying in or of frame....

As to the trainer.....
What you noticed is a communication that was immediate in her instruction to your daughter and her horse...
Just because you have "a piece of paper" doesn't mean you can teach all, or are a good teacher/instructor...period.
Developing a repore with someone and your animal to further your education is a wonderful feeling for all to have....and you to witness.

The horse....
He has training and tolerance for your daughter to be astride.
He will teach her for years to come what he already knows and she must learn.
He may "forget" or get rusty as others have mentioned, but he will always know what his training has taught him in his experiences under a more learned hand.
As your daughter improves her skills and knowledge base, she will be able to tap into the advanced knowledge that this horse has....
Your daughter will not "outgrow" this horse to fast....learning the minute details of riding finesse takes years and years of instruction and practice, practice, practice.

Me...
I would allow this new instructor to continue to work with your daughter.
You in one short time already saw a wonderful communication, understanding and lesson learned and applied.....a gain.
Ask this instructor if she has shown, where, when and her results and then go check the results for factual proof.
I have seen many many top competition horses be trained "at home" by the unknown underling of those big name recognized riders.
When those "names" are out on the circuit competing who is it that rides and trains back at the farm & barn???
Ask this new trainer why she doesn't have that "certification".... her answer might surprise you with truthfulness.

You strike me as educated in horsemanship enough to watch, see and act upon something you don't like....for that reason you left your last trainer you said.
Your daughter wasn't progressing in a manner you wanted or were comfortable with...
Give it some time....a month or two and then re-evaluate the situation.
You may realize that you have uncovered a hidden gem of a trainer/instructor in this person who can bring together this new team of horse and rider. Or you may realize you need to move on again and search for better...
Just remember it is the lesson & communication your daughter gets, her understanding and moving forward in her abilities that are the important part.
Not for you, but for her and her advancement.
If you are going to ride and take instruction then you need to find someone who can reach you and progress your abilities, and that is a individual thing to each of us finding that "right" instruction...
Enjoy the journey...

jmo..
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One thing I will add, many trainers who are more advanced, for want of a better word, do not like taking pupils who are more on the novice side, which your daughter is.

She noticed that your daughter was not sensitive with her hands and has immediately started to correct and to prove to her that a light hand is better than a heavy one.

I too think this sounds like a good pairing.
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I'd stick with the new coach. It sounds like she is good for horse and rider.

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I'd stick with the new coach. It sounds like she is good for horse and rider
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I agree. There is a big difference between a trainer being ""good" and being the "right" trainer for any particular situation. This one seems to be a great match for both horse and rider
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