Whatever your reasons for wanting to improve your riding having a competent, confident, kind trainer is a must.
1. Think about what level of instruction you are looking for; single or group sessions, frequency and location.
2. Check with horsey friends to see who they use, consider how important practical experience or formal qualifications are.
3. Once you have some names check them out. Look at websites and Facebook pages. Consider watching some training sessions if you are unfamiliar with the trainer. This will also give you a feel for whether you will get on with him or her.
4. Discuss your hopes with the trainer and ask how they can help you to achieve them. A good trainer should be honest and tactfully suggest how to improve, recognising the riders skill level and working to it.
5. A good trainer can explain basic and more advanced techniques clearly, consistently and accurately, offering practical suggestions to improve skills that are suitable for you and your horse.
6. Keep a diary or record of your riding so that you can monitor your progress. If you don’t feel that you are progressing as you’d hoped discuss it with your trainer.
7. Recognise that there will be occasions when a different approach or type of training will be helpful.
Good Luck for 2017 season