Happy National Trainer Appreciation Day!
From early morning horse show days to lesson days, your trainer has been with you through your worst and your best. Here’s our 10 top things were thankful for about our trainers:
They don’t judge you. You just can’t get your lead changes down in your lesson, and you get frustrated. You had a bad day at school, and you’re just trying to get through your lesson. You cry because you’re anxious about going faster or you just can’t get that jumping line right.It’s okay, they get it. They’ve been there too, and they survived. So will you, and they know it.
They’re supportive, even if you mess up. You just chipped two jumps in a row in your class. You know you messed up big time, and now you have to face the wrath of your trainer. She or he lectured you after you get out of the ring, but they also praise you for not screwing up that badly, ie. they also focus on what you did well. There’s always a bright side, even if we did faceplant in the dirt.
You can cry; it’s okay. You get frustrated and the tears start flowing. It happens. Life is tough, and being an equestrian is tougher. Your trainer gets that. Now suck it up, and keep riding.
They tell you when you suck and they tell you when you’re amazing. Honesty is the key to success. Your trainer knows when you can do better, and when you’re not pushing yourself enough. And if they’re good, they’ll tell you. That yelling they do sometimes? It’s out of love. Really.
They know your skill set better than you. They know what you can and cannot do as an equestrian and will always have your best interests in mind when asking you to do new things. A good trainer will never ask their student to do something they’re incapable of doing.
They give you helpful life advice. Who else would you talk to about homework, and stressful parents? Or annoying barn drama? You don’t have to be best friends with your trainer, but you can talk to them about things outside of riding.
They help you kick your own butt. They push you to do bigger and better things you don’t want to, but that they know you can. That 3 foot oxer you’ve been dreading? Yeah, your trainer just made you jump it for the first time AND you stayed on. Mission completed. Trust me, I’ve done it.
They’ve taught you everything you know about horses. There’s nothing like hands on learning. Would you really learn how to pull a mane via textbook? No,
probably definitely not.
They’re good role models. You admire their eq, their skills, their professionalism, their attitude, and you hope to become an amazing equestrian like them someday.
They’re family. You spend every moment you can at the barn or riding, and they know everything about you. Maybe even more than your own family. Again, you don’t have to be best friends with them (this could turn out ugly), but if you’re spending that much time at the barn, your trainer is bound to learn a lot about your life.