Once you find the right trainer the real hard work begins.
It is time to give every lesson 100% sometimes easier said than done so here are my top tips to help.
A simple one maybe but true – if you’re babbling away about how your week has been, the weather, something you saw on FB (blah, blah, blah) half your lesson time will already be taken up and your trainer wont be able to get a word in this means less opportunity to give you important feedback to help you train and learn.
I know I said you should listen, but if it doesn’t make sense or you don’t understand the terminology or the way something has been phrased, ask. No trainer worth their salt will mind you asking for clarification – we all have blonde moments! It’s very easy to tune out when your focussing really hard. If you don’t know how to do something, or you don’t understand what your trainer is talking about, just say – it’s much easier for your trainer to
help you progress if they have a realistic understanding of your knowledge and ability. If you allow your trainer to clarify or explain, your riding will move forward far quicker than if you (for instance) blag the aids to shoulder in.
Tell your trainer what is working for all three of you and what isn’t, especially in the early days of your partnership. This will ensure your relationship builds on the right foundations.
Maximize the Investment:
It is far better to have one lesson a week or every 2 weeks with someone who can build a relationship with you and your horse and help you progress than splurge all your training money on one clinic lesson with a famous professional. Monthly clinics only work if you are extremely disciplined about doing your homework, and you have access to additional support when things go wrong/you get stuck when practicing at home.
Give every lesson 100% of your attention – from warm-up to the very end.
Make the best use of your warm up – whether your trainer is present or not, a properly warmed up horse will perform
much better – remember this is your horse’s lesson too, not just yours
Make sure you have no distractions – leave your phone on the yard
Try and secure exclusive use of the arena so it is just you, your horse and your trainer
This is precious time for all of you. Make the most of it!