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Read a post about looking for a jumping instructor at Lyrical Equine: Selecting a trainer. Commented,
This may be obvious, but since its jumping, look for safety first. What is their attitude when a horse/rider has a problem? Ive seen lessons that cause me to walk away. Are the horses careening about like racecars? Ditto. We all need support but shouldnt be overfaced. Where you fall on that continuum is personal & needs to match where the trainer draws the line. $0.02
Here’s what prompted the first part of the comment.
In an unidentified time, in an unidentified place, unrelated to yesterday.
Went to check out a possible jumping instructor. Watched lesson. Older kid/young adult on nice looking horse. This was not the trainer on a horse. Not the trainer schooling the assistant trainer. This was client having lesson.
Here’s what I saw.
The horse ran at the fences, hesitated in front, went straight up in the air like a helicopter, then bucked afterward.
Maaaaayyybe a horse will run at a jump from an excess of enthusiasm. I’ve ridden a few. They are rare and to be treasured. Rushing is more likely to stem from anxiousness.
The rest of the litany – hesitating, popping up, fussing – is a horse saying no as loud as they can. Any one of these behaviors is a red flag. All four is mind-boggling.
The horse needed a complete body check, a complete tack check, and then to go back trotting crossrails until they were happy with their job.
The trainer’s answer? Raise the jumps.
Did they …
A) Not know.
B) Get caught in a pressure situation. Money had been spent. Expectations had been raised. I imagine it’s hard to tell a client that their fancy show horse needs to go to rehab.
C) Not care.
or possibly D) Have a training theory that I don’t even want to contemplate.
In no situation do I want to be around someone who fails to advocate for the horse at that level. Call me a tackbox quarterback who can’t jump my way out of a paper bag. Fine. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
Stay safe. Stay sane.