Time to Find a New Riding Instructor?


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Next to your horse, your riding instructor or horse trainer is the closest ally you have on your journey towards your riding and competition goals. But what if you start having disagreements or issues with your current instructor? How do you know when it is time to find a new horse trainer?

Differences of Opinion

Regardless of how much a trainer is teaching you and your horse, you and your trainer need to agree on a number of basics if your partnership is going to be a good fit. First of all, your trainer needs to understand your wishes and goals. A good trainer will work with you to help you achieve your goals, but beware of any trainer who puts his or her own personal agenda before your own riding aspirations.

For any lesson to be productive, you need to be comfortable with and have trust in your trainer. A trainer who pushes you too fast will quickly erode your confidence. If you are second-guessing your trainer’s methods and knowledge, then you are in an unsafe and unproductive situation. Your trainer’s approach to riding, teaching, and competing must match up with your own thoughts and ethics.

No Longer a Good Fit

Sometimes, despite getting along well with a trainer, we simply outgrow what the trainer can offer us. Depending on their experience, riding instructors and horse trainers teach horses and riders at different levels. A trainer must have education and experience in every level that they teach, so as you advance it is possible that you outgrow a riding instructor who has not extensively trained at the higher levels.

Realize that although you may be sad about needing to find a new trainer, you should remember that the fact that you have surpassed your trainer’s teaching range is a good thing. It means that you are growing and developing as a rider – take this time to reflect on where you were when you first began working with your trainer. You’ll probably be surprised at where you find yourself now.

Moving On

If you find yourself questioning whether your current riding instructor is a good fit, try to decide exactly what it is that is making you question the relationship. Have you outgrown your trainer? Are there differences of opinion at work? Perhaps you aren’t advancing as quickly as you would like to.

When you make the decision to find a new trainer, it is best to be honest with your current trainer. Trainers should be professional and you owe it to them to let them know that the current arrangement is no longer working for you. Be courteous but honest, and begin your search for a new trainer who will be a better match. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

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