What makes someone a “trainer or instructor?”
As I’m horse shopping (not my first horse), I’ve lightly been trainer shopping too. I do work with a Silver medalist/L judge that’s very down to earth, not biased (I ride off breeds) and has tons of great exercises up her sleeves. But I can only work with her occasionally. So I’ve lightly been checking out other trainers too. I think I have found a fit and she’s also worked with the L judge mentioned above. She’s trained green horses up to third at least and multiple students. She has her Bronze on her way to her Silver. I like her riding style.
But I’ve met and in the past, trained with, a few trainers that we’re celebrating getting to 1st or 2nd level. One’s claim to fame was a working student as a teen. Now, I know Dressage is hard. And I know competing isn’t everything. I’ve met trainers that didn’t compete but had some resemblance of training up the levels, or success in training others to improve. And some of these do not have ANY of that.
I guess, everyone has different goals and these trainers are okay for a beginner with small goals. But some of these people, I wonder, what was the catalyst for them to decide to be a professional? Were people asking them to ride their horses? Was it a goal of theirs and they thought, if not now, never? Because honestly watching some of them, they do not look differently than the average amateur. And their students don’t seem to go anywhere. And I know people say “well if they can help people have happy horses it’s okay.” And sure, absolutely. But some of these people are not skilled enough to teach amateurs well enough. Some of these horses seemed very confused and irritated.
I’m simply just wondering the psychology of it all. What gives someone the idea to go Pro?
*Just a discussion, I’m bored at home!