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I have a lesson today with a new trainer. The thing is, she wants to show me on her already trained horse and not mine..... but what good is it for me to see on an already perfectly responsive horse?

I would think showing me on my horse would be more beneficial than her showing me on an already fulled trained horse.....

What do you think?
 

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The new trainer wants to see you on a fully trained horse? I think she wants to assess you and your abilities before assessing your horse.
 

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I think she also wants to show you what a well trained horse is suppose to be like. She wants to set goals for you.
I wouldn't complain. You are getting to see what a really good horse is like to ride
Knowing her horse as she does she knows she can call out instructions that will work for both of you.
On your horse niether you or the horse will know what she is talking about.
Enjoy the free ride on a well trained horse.
If you don't like the horse then maybe reassess the trainer.

I always assess someone by the work they have done or in this case by how well the horse is trained. good horse, good trainer.
 

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It depends on what you know/can/goals are. If you are a great rider and take lessons to teach something your horse, then I don't quite understand it. But if you are green rider or have no experience in particular discipline it perfectly makes sense, because YOU have to learn first before teaching your horse. That's what I do now: take jumping lessons on solid trained horses before starting to teach my own horse to jump.
 

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I am taking the lesson so I can teach my horse something.... that must be why I am confused with her thinking. Perhaps I need to clarify my goals with her.
 

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I am taking the lesson so I can teach my horse something.... that must be why I am confused with her thinking. Perhaps I need to clarify my goals with her.
Something as in ______________? Jumping, reining, cross country?

Maybe your horse needs training along with you taking lessons?
 

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It's SOP with any reputable trainer.

Many people overstate their riding skills, and the trainer wants to make sure what you told her was correct.

She's doing it on one of her schoolmasters because she knows the horse, and knows how it will react.

Both you and your horse are unknown factors. She can't correctly train either of you if she doesn't know your skill level first.
 

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Something as in ______________? Jumping, reining, cross country?

Maybe your horse needs training along with you taking lessons?
Something as in consistently getting his right lead.....

I am training him :)
 

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It's SOP with any reputable trainer.

Many people overstate their riding skills, and the trainer wants to make sure what you told her was correct.

She's doing it on one of her schoolmasters because she knows the horse, and knows how it will react.

Both you and your horse are unknown factors. She can't correctly train either of you if she doesn't know your skill level first.
I was thinking that could be the case as well. Thanks for this post :)
 

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My instructor always switches from horse to horse (my horses to her horses). This way I learn what should happen, or when I'm on my horses and somethings just not working I can get on her horse and we can tell what I am or am not doing. We also have to make sure I know how to ask correctly, so I learn on a broke horse (until I get it), then move to mine.

It really helps feeling and knowing for sure what is supposed to happen. It's extremely hard to teach a horse to do something you haven't done/had much experience with.
 

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She might be trying to determine if you are doing something to cause the issue he is having picking up the right lead. By putting you on a horse that knows what to do she can assess you first.

I think the others were curious what discipline you are training your horse for; jumping, reining, WP, dressage, trail riding, etc.
 

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To get his right lead consistently.
Please, don't take it as offense (as I don't know your level of riding), but are you sure the reason is not you? My horse used to give little bucks going into canter as well as had issues with the correct lead in 1 direction (also right one), I went to my current trainer and she said (AND was absolutely correct) that I'm lacking the balance, so I have to learn it first before working with the horse. How can I learn it? Riding the horse which knows its job and will tolerate my riding and being unbalanced. In this case I only have to care about myself riding correctly and don't have to worry about the horse (as it's very trained).
 

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My trainer always did an evaluation on a schooling horse. If you don't know how to cue your horse to the correct lead it means you need to advance your riding skills. Best way to do this is to practice on a horse who will respond to the aid, then you can take that information and teach it to your horse.

I am by no means a trainer, but I have started my horse from the very beginning and he's very responsive. My friend is trying to teach her horse and didn't know how to get him on the correct lead so I let her ride mine so she could at least get the feel of it and practice her aids :)

Riding lots of different horses is wonderful and you will come away from each one having learned something new. I can't even count how many different horses I have been on from green to proven competitors each one has had something to teach me.
 

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Ego always gets in the way of the relationship between horse and rider. If you think you already know then what do you think the trainer can do for you?

Leads and transitions are all about balance and finess. Both the rider and the horse.

I train for a living and still take lessons on trainers horses once or twice per month. Just a little off balance or a bad habit gets in the way.
 
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