The partnership between you and your horse is so important. When you own a horse you strive to build a bond over a number of years, coming to know the full extent of his behaviour, temperament and abilities. In some ways your partnership from the ground dictates your partnership in the saddle, and the basis for a loyal, long-term relationship in both interactions is respect, mutual understanding and cooperation.
When working with your horse there is always potential to experience bumps in the road - perhaps you are working on a new discipline or struggling to achieve a certain movement, task or technique. At this point it is highly recommended that you and your horse work with a reputable trainer who can guide you in strengthening the relationship between you and improving your skills and commands.
Choosing a trainer is probably one of the most important decisions you can make. Not only will you require someone who has experience in your discipline but it is paramount that you work with someone whose opinion and knowledge you trust and with whom you can work cooperatively. Your trainer is not just someone who instructs you once or twice a week but he or she should also be your first port of call for training advice, and someone who can work with you collaboratively to improve your riding abilities and move you closer to your personal goals.
It is not unusual to try sample lessons with a couple of different trainers before settling on someone. You may even wish to watch the trainer with other riders before choosing to book a session for yourself. Different trainers have different styles and approaches and once you find someone with whom you work well, the benefits are exceptional. Your relationship with your trainer will heavily influence your riding style, competition success and overall performance, so if you do not agree or get on with your trainer there is little point in continuing instruction with that particular person.
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When you are selecting a trainer and deciding if they are right for you there are certain questions you need to ask yourself:
Finding a good trainer can make a big difference to your riding and partnership with your horse. Take a look at local riding clubs and associations for details of trainers close to you and don’t be afraid to ask friends for recommendations.
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