Friday’s Five – Ways to to get in your coach’s good books this year



Friday’s Five – Ways to to get in your coach’s good books this year

Being an instructor is not an easy job. Your coach works his/her behind off to help you achieve your riding goals. Coaches are responsible for many different riders and their horses. Teaching lessons, walking courses, warming people up at shows, planning other people’s competition schedules, doing barn chores and keeping an upbeat attitude at all times are just some of the jobs a coach does during an average day. Competition season is especially taxing on coaches. While most people enjoy their summer weekends hitting the beach, coaches are running around horse show grounds trying to keep their students in safe and winning. By being thoughtful and courteous, you can topple the reigning ‘teacher’s pet’ with these kind gestures.

1) Bring refreshments to your lessons: Coaches often don’t even have time between lessons to grab something to drink. By just bringing your coach his/her favourite beverage before your lessons, you’ll probably make his/her day. Plus, it will put your coach in a better mood before your lesson.

2) Always be warmed up and ready for your lessons on time: When students show up late for lessons, their coach’s day drags on longer. Don’t be that student that makes your coach wait patiently for your arrival. Even if sometimes your coach is late, don’t use that as an excuse for you to be late. Plan your lesson days so you can make sure your horse is perfectly turned out and warmed up for the scheduled start of your lesson. It is easy to be punctual, and it will be greatly appreciated.

3) Don’t be a high maintenance baby at horse shows: Your coach is responsible for keeping all of his/her students on track at shows and it can be stressful work. Don’t be a demanding brat at shows and take an unnecessary amount of your coach’s time. Your coach does not need to be standing in the warm-up ring for your ENTIRE warm-up. You are an independent rider and are capable of doing the first bit of your warm-up on your own, then your coach can help you put on the finishing touches before you go into the ring. Also, keep your emotions in check no matter how things turn out, you’ll be a much more likable client.



4) Be ring crew when your coach is teaching other lessons: Dragging jumps around the arena all day and setting jumps on your own is hard work. Help your coach by setting jumps during other students lessons. Setting jumps will also allow you to watch other riders’ lessons and you’ll be able to learn lots just from watching. Do your coach a favour while auditing for free.

5) Try your heart out and go the extra mile: The best way you can repay your coach is by making progress with your riding. Coaches do what they do because they genuinely love to see their students improve. Listen to your coach’s advice and work on the things he/she tells you in your lessons when you are riding on your own. Don’t make your coach repeat themselves a thousand times in a lesson, give it your all to fix your riding flaws. And be sure to credit your coach for your riding improvements 😉

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