[QUOTE=Vanessaj;7781818]Thank you great advice!
Im a little bit worried (being one of those over emotional teenage riders) that I’m either going to piss him off or embarrass myself :/[/QUOTE]
I think it’s important to understand how to be a good learner or a good student. Often, so much of what we learn with riding won’t feel quite “right” at first or may be at odds with what we have learned before or won’t make sense to us initially or won’t “work” right away.
If you’re signing up to take a clinic, you should be willing to trust the clinician enough to do what he recommends for the 2 hours without arguing/complaining or being overly emotional (really, there is no good place for emotions in riding. The best riders are disciplined, fair, and level headed).
I would recommend going into this (and any) clinic with the mindset of simply trying to do exactly what the clinician says to do, to the best of your ability. Very often, it’s not the first or second or even fifth time we do something and get it - it’s the 10th or 20th or the next day or the next week where you go “OHHHH…I get it, and it’s awesome!” (Or some times "Well I’ve tried it, it doesn’t seem to be working, so I’ll move on).
You should feel free to ask questions to clarify or to help you understand, but should not be trying to express how you feel about things, your opinion, or your complaints. One cannot be a good learner if one is doing any of those things.
After the clinic, let the things the clinician has taught percolate in your mind. Try them out for a month. Be willing to learn something new.
The only exception is if you are positive you or your horse are in imminent danger - to either of your health or if there’s something that will irreversibly affect your horse’s training. But there are very few circumstances where these would apply. Most of the time, we can all stomach 2 hours with a teacher (even one we don’t like or don’t agree with) and be respectful, even if we decide not to ride with them in the future.
Remember - you’ve paid for his time. Make the most of it.