Tips for Finding a New Trainer

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Every rider will have to find a new trainer or instructor at some point during their riding career. We outgrow trainers, move, and sometimes a current trainer just turns out to be a poor match. So how do you find a new trainer who is right for you? Here’s some advice to help you along.

Know What You’re Looking For

Before you set out to find a new trainer, it’s important to evaluate what your goals will be in working with a trainer. Are you looking to compete at local or distance horse shows? Or are you more hoping to deepen and develop your bond with your horse on a non-competitive level? Both goals are equally important, but you will probably need a different type of trainer for each of them. Understanding what you want out of your relationship with your trainer can better help you find one who is suitable.

Ask Friends for Referrals

If you have other friends who ride and compete, you have an equestrian network right at your fingertips. Explain what your riding goals are and ask friends if they have particular trainers they would recommend to help you. You should also ask if they know of trainers whom they would not recommend, and ask them why. Having some background information on the local trainers can save you time in your search.

Watch a Trainer in Action

If possible, attend some local horse shows to see a potential trainer in action. Watch how he or she interacts with the students, and try to listen to how the trainer offers instruction. Seeing a trainer in person can give you a better idea of whether they might be a good fit.

Reach Out to a Trainer

If you find a trainer who seems like a potential match, reach out to them to find out if they are accepting students. Have any questions written out ahead of time so you don’t forget them. You will also want to be prepared to explain your riding goals to the trainer.

Take a Trial Lesson

If your conversation with a trainer is a success, then schedule a trial lesson. This lesson will give you a sense of what it would be like to work with the trainer. Bring any of your concerns to light during the lesson, and talk with the trainer about riding issues you’ve been having.

You should use the lesson time, and the time afterwards, to consider whether the trainer is a good fit and meets your needs. If you plan to look at horses for sale in the near future, will that trainer be able to help you evaluate horses and find the new horse that’s perfect for you? Does the trainer travel to the shows you want to ride in?

Finding a new trainer can take some time, but it’s well worth the effort if you can find someone who is a good fit.

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