Tips for trainers
To be a good trainer you need some important qualities. Here are the main ones...
- A trainer has always something to say to each rider, it is advisable never to speak generically to the group but to go directly to each individual rider.
- A trainer has to speak in a tone of voice loud enough to be heard, but not scream, let alone get angry with those who cannot do what he is asking. It must be considered that those who ride horses do so of their own free will, for pleasure or to perform a chosen activity; therefore, those who want to learn are not trying to hinder the trainer. If students do not do what they are asked to do, either they did not understand, or they cannot do it. In the first case, the teacher should call the student and explains clearly what the right behavior should be and why. In the second case, the teacher should help them making them do the more suitable exercises so that they can overcome the difficulties and achieve their purpose.
- A keen sense of observation to detect every detail in the attitudes and actions of the students, the tireless desire to correct all that can be improved, the calm, the limited use of always appropriate words, the clarity of expression, the ability to make the student understand the reason behind all things, the choice of suitable exercises and the best time to perform them, are qualities that contribute to make a good trainer.
- After the students have correctly positioned each part of their body so that they can always guide the horse in its movement, performing correct, sensitive and effective actions at the same time, the trainer should let them know and explain with absolute clarity the basic equestrian principles and develop their sensitivity. This work, which requires the teacher to immediately grasp every detail of the rider's interventions and horse's reactions, allows the student to independently choose the most appropriate actions and their intensity, acting with instinctive readiness before reasoning.
- Some of the students might not be beginners, or they might already be participating in competitions with good results but with a rough and disorderly instinctive technique, accepted by the horse for its generosity and for some kind of understanding established between the two. There are two paths to take: these riders want to continue to race, indifferent to the fact that they only get random results; in this case, the trainer must work on appropriate exercises on a case to case basis, relying on the natural qualities of the horse. In this case, the horses progress but the riders do not, or they do insignificantly.
Serious and truly passionate riders choose the other path: they focus to get rid of wrong habits and inappropriate actions that are not part of good riding. They are willing to change, even agreeing to start over. They are committed to learn the principles of good riding and to apply them consistently.