Hi everyone. I’m new to this forum. I hope I’m posting this question in the right place; if not, my apologies.
I used to ride hunters/jumpers back in the day (mid-'70s through early '90s, then a break for a few years, then in the saddle again briefly in the early '00s) before full-time work, grad school, kids - anyway, it’s been a long hiatus, and I really, REALLY miss riding.
However, I’m actually now looking for a hunter/jumper trainer in the Cedar Rapids, IA area for my daughter who’s showing a lot of interest in riding.
She’s ridden a Welsh pony owned by a friend in another city 2-3 times a couple years ago when she was almost 6, and loved it.
When we moved to the Cedar Rapids area a few years ago, she wasn’t yet interested in lessons, and I was no longer riding (due to work and school). I’d found one eventing instructor in town that taught beginners, and had arranged a lesson for my daughter. While my daughter seemed quite interested in horses and ponies (as lots of girls are), she ended up getting kinda nervous about riding the schooling horse (a large pony, versus the much smaller Welsh pony she’d ridden her first couple times in the saddle) the trainer had at her barn. She was great when it was time to learn about grooming/tacking up the pony, but was very nervous when it came time to mount up. Needless to say, the mounted portion of the lesson was quite short.
After this lesson, she decided she wanted to wait before taking another lesson. In the meantime, the instructor moved out of town, and . . . well, now that she has been begging me (for the past couple months) to try again, I am not sure where to start looking for another instructor.
Any suggestions on hunter/jumper trainers in Cedar Rapids, IA, or where I could start asking around?