The past two weeks have been a killer. Work, work, work. All work. No riding.
It was mildly acceptable due to the constant raining and cold temps, but now it’s sunny and warm. I don’t want to work after quitting time. I want to ride!
I wish I got comp time for working over time.
Hell, I wish I got paid for over time. I might actually be able to afford vacations.
I need a lesson. Badly. My riding has seriously degraded the past year and some months. I need someone to correct the bad habits I’ve picked up. I don’t know who to go to though.
Reasons why getting a lesson from current trainer is hard:
- The current trainer leaves for Florida in a couple of weeks,
- I don’t know if she even has a lesson horse I could use,
- Joy isn’t ready for a 4 hour (round trip) trailer ride
- Joy isn’t fit enough for a 45 minute hard lesson (lessons cost a lot, so has to be worth while).
So who else do I go to for help? It is not an option to go back to old trainer. She was good instructor-wise, but people-wise not so good. There are a few trainers within an hour of me that seem to do well on the rated circuit. They have students that seem to do well also.
Every time I try to email my trainer with questions on how I can get lessons this winter, all I hear in my mind is:
“Hi Current Trainer! Who can I go to for lessons half way across the state from where you live? Because you know every single trainer in the entire state, and exactly where they live in proximity to me.”
“Let me use your horse to take lessons on, while I accidentally whack him in the mouth and poke him in the ribs.”
“Why do you have to go to Florida all winter! I’m paying you $80 a month for lessons!!”
Pander to me, Dammit!!
I feel like a trainer/instructor is a resource that you don’t want to annoy with a bunch of inquires on how you can ruin their horse or give other people your money.
I’m going to post a video later tonight/tomorrow. You can see my new saddle and bell boots. 🙂 Plus, I can show you what I’m having issues with now (on Joy). Maybe one of you kind souls will take pity on me and offer some position fixes, or point out where I’m going wrong.