Getting the most from your new clinician / instructor

By Lyn Ringrose-Moe

OBJECTIVE: It is my objective as your instructor to offer insights and methods to help you improve your riding/training skills in a safe, constructive, educational, and enjoyable environment.

The following list will help you to arrive at your lesson ready for the learning experience:

  1. Bring any and all equipment that you might need to the arena with you and your horse. Examples: lunging equipment, whip, spurs, additional bridle and/or bits, etc.). This saves time; if we need the equipment- it is readily accessible.
  2. Discuss openly with a new instructor any physical limitations that you or your horse may have, including past injuries. Discuss any learning challenges that you may have and remember, fear or dyslexia are quite common.
  3. Bring a “receptive” attitude to your lesson. The instructor is there to help you, but may have a different approach than your regular instructor. Remember: “There are many roads to Rome”.
  4. Ask questions as there is no such thing as a “stupid” question. As instructors, we are here to educate, not judge. So please, ask any and all questions.
  5. Have some idea of what you would like to accomplish in your lesson. Maybe there is something you would like to try or something you don’t understand. Feel free to share these thoughts with your instructor.
  6. If you feel unsafe for ANY reason, please bring it up with your instructor immediately. We want your experience to be positive and educational, not a Rodeo!
  7. MOST IMPORTANT: ENJOY THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR HORSE FOR IT IS MAGICAL.

HAPPY RIDING

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