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post #1 of 6 Old 06-26-2014, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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What Questions To Ask New Trainer?

Hi All,

I finally found someone in my area that I have a phone conference with today to discuss what all they offer and what type(s) of training I can receive! Thanks for the suggestions on my other threads, it has been very helpful.

I have a list of questions/goals for starting and wanted to run it by some of you to see if this list is complete or if it is lacking ( or just plain silly) before me call:

My main goals are:
- to learn proper riding techniques (Western)
- to learn how to properly saddle my own horse without the help of a trainer
- to achieve overall comfort-ability riding at different gaits and cantor(s)
- to improve my knowledge overall of care, riding and being around a horse.

What would you add/detract from this list? Should I just ditch the list and do the lessons and see where it takes me? It is a package of 10 lessons with 1 on 1 instructor using their horse.

Thank you!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-26-2014, 05:48 PM
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I assume you've already had your phone convo? Did it go well?

The best advice for finding a new trainer IMHO would be to go visit this coach in person. Watch a few of her lessons being taught, talk to her students, take a look at the facility in person to see how things look/how do the horses look. Also take a trial lesson, that way you can get a real feel for the coach and the coach can best decide on a program that will fit your needs and goals.
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I agree, go to the barn and watch a few of her lessons.
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I wholeheartedly agree to watching a few lessons and seeing the facilities. I know when starting my child with a trainer even though I had already picked one and arranged for an evaluation of his skills (which is something the others did not offer)there was pressure from other friends to use other trainers in the area. Some were cheaper, some more expensive, some were private only, one didn't allow visitors during lessons - that one immediately was scratched off. In the end after watching a lesson or two and inspecting facilities of these I stuck with my first choice. I had spent time training under her and knew what to expect. I still watched lessons for various age groups and riding levels. A phone call may give you a basic idea of what is offered you can't determine if it is a fit for you without on on site visit.
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Coming from someone who's taught people for years and especially in the show industry. I think the most important part is that you feel comfortable with your trainer. You should feel like your trainer is not only your teacher, but your friend.

Too often clients and trainers don't see eye to eye and clash. This just ends up hurting the client because they aren't getting the education they wanted. Make sure you express your goals and they line up with what your trainer can offer. Your trainer should be willing to go above and beyond to help you achieve what you want.

When I was teaching my lessons didn't stop once they get off the horse and leave the grounds. I was always making sure if they have questions, want to watch ME train, or even need life advice, that I am there for them as a mentor all the way around.

Take a couple test lessons to see if you like the amount of attention and what kind of attention you'll be getting. Good luck!
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Thanks for the replies! I did have the phone convo and have a session set up for next week. I went ahead and bought a package of 10 lessons with 1 on 1 training to see how it goes. If I end up not jiving, then I'm only out a couple/few hundred dollars and time. However; this place has gotten great reviews and we talked for about 30 minutes about my goals, what they offer and different benchmarks I can expect to cover in our sessions. It is partial arena, partial trail riding lessons.
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