How to Get the Most Out of Your Relationship With Your Trainer

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Her voice gets louder. “RIGHT leg! Why are you hanging on the inside rein?!” You feel the anxiety begin to build in that familiar part of your gut. Your face is red as a tomato and you’re sweating more than you thought possible. You’re using all of your mental energy to try and operate your right leg, which for some reason, isn’t cooperating today. As an unfortunate result, no mental energy is being used to do the one thousand other things that you’re supposed to be thinking about. “Go forward! That is a four, not a SIX!” Your confusion seems to be intensifying. You’re hot and tired, maybe a little bit nervous. But what’s the real problem here? You really just don’t understand what your trainer is trying to get you to do. At this point, you’ve wasted so much of your energy just trying to keep your stupid butterfingers closed on the reins that hearing the words “Yes! That’s it!” is probably not on the agenda for today.

 

We’ve all been there. Trying to remember everything at once can be really overwhelming, and sometimes, you just want to go for a nice trail ride. So what should you do when you and your trainer aren’t quite seeing eye to eye?

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Alex Carlton has been an avid hunter/jumper rider for as long as she can remember. A senior at the University of Vermont, she is a co-captain of their IHSA team. She competes in intercollegiate competitions as well as horse shows up and down the east coast.

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Alex Carlton has been an avid hunter/jumper rider for as long as she can remember. A senior at the University of Vermont, she is a co-captain of their IHSA team. She competes in intercollegiate competitions as well as horse shows up and down the east coast.


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