Find a trainer you believe in
This past winter when I was starting to ride with the team at John Madden Sales I was taking in a lot of different and new information, that was also delivered in a different way. I found it a bit overwhelming, but something my husband said to me really made sense. He said, “If you don’t believe in him enough to just do what he says, then you shouldn’t be riding with him.”
It made me stop and think for a minute. The bottom line was that I completely trusted in their judgement, experience and method, and so I bought in. I did what they said to a T. I practiced only what was told to me and it paid off. By the end of the circuit my horse was jumping his best and I was riding better than I ever had.
I don’t think I could have gotten what I did if I hadn’t been presented with that thought. If you don’t believe wholeheartedly in who you are learning from, then go somewhere that makes you want to fully buy in as a student. Over time you may shift and want to learn from different people, but while you are with them, do the whole program and learn all that you can. Immerse yourself completely – you owe it to yourself. It worked for me!