Here we go with round two of my anonymous “What would you say on your blog?” survey…
Lots of people had talk about their trainers and training.
It’s okay to have multiple trainers! No one person has all of the answers for you OR your horse. I love my trainer dearly, but she has shortcomings.
Sometimes I want to talk about my desire to find a new trainer, but I cant… because my trainer reads my blog!!!
Dear Trainer: I find it really sad you don’t know who Bernie Traurig is. And only barely know who Denny Emerson is. As an event trainer, you might want to find out who these people are.
That the assistant trainer at my barn rides like a sack of potatoes and if she asks ONE more time to jump my 4 yo greenie I WILL SCREAM
I wish I could complain about trainer/other student issues. I also wish I could talk about controversial topics such as the nincompoops in every discipline.
90% of training problems are either uneducated riding or having way too much horse. Instead of blaming turnout, tack fit, ULCERS (why is is always ulcers?), or some form of body work, take a long, hard look at your actual ability as a rider, your willingness/financial ability to work with a trainer and the hard logistics of whether your horse is actually right for you. Hanging on to the wrong horse is straight up idiotic as well as dangerous.
Hey those of you who call yourselves a horse trainer or instructor – YOU work for ME!! What makes you think you can manipulate me, insult me, charge me up the ass to NOT coach me at a show, and then expect me to keep paying you money?!? YOU ARE FIRED.
i would love to express/process my frustrations with the trainer/student interaction.
If I could say anything on my blog without repercussions I’d call out my old barn and trainer. I got really burned, and I’d love to put her and her program on blast!
I occasionally wish I could brag about my trainer – not in a “she’s awesome!” way, because she is, and I can do that anonymously. But I happen to have landed in a barn with a seriously BNT, like internationally recognized, tons of people would read my blog to hear about lessons with her. But I feel awkward saying her actual name for privacy reasons – not really my own, but hers! It’s kind of awkward.
Tack is always a hot issue.
If you are trying a zillion different bits and bitless bridles on your green or greenish horse, your horse probably just isn’t broke to the bit yet. Seek the help of a professional and/or consider whether you’re over mounted.
I hate seeing people riding horses they clearly can’t handle and don’t like. No equipment is going to fix having the wrong horse.
If you think your problem is saddle fit, you probably just can’t ride…
It makes me absolutely crazy when people are constantly trying to find the magic fix through equipment. Yes, some things are going to work better than others, but there is not a single bit in this world that is going to give a horse a good foundation. I wish people would stop spending so much time (not to mention money) looking for the quick fix and put some effort into finding the actual core of the problem! I know that the thought of something miraculously fixing all of our problems is appealing, but more likely than not it doesn’t exist and reading about one failed product after another gets really old.
You don’t need that many bridles. You just don’t.
Stop riding in draw reins.
Sorry in advance eventing crowd…
I hate that eventers always catch their horses’ in the mouth over stadium jumps. It’s called a RELEASE people!!
While I don’t hate eventing, I hate how eventers treat me. You brag about being the most fun and amazing group of horseman in the world, but I have never met a more elitist and superior group.
Lower level eventing scares me because the riding is often so bad. Upper level eventing scares me because horses and riders keep dying.
Hunters didn’t totally escape either though…
I don’t agree with drugging horses and I don’t want to drug my horse, but when I pay a lot of money and I KNOW he’s going to lose because he’s a little fresh I have a hard time saying “no” when me and my trainer know for a fact the three biggest huner/jumper show barns in our area drug frequently and heftily.
I think hunters ride like shit.
I’m a H/J rider and I was sickened to see a BNT using drugs at a show, but I didn’t know what to do about it. I’m afraid of retaliation.
What are your responses after today’s round of secret confessions and rants?