TIPS & QUOTES from experienced moms

Watch this page for quick, handy tips and quotes. Some of which are from our loyal members and fans! 

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PICKING THE RIGHT COACH:

"The parent has to have a pretty good backbone to either stick it out with a tough coach/trainer, or have the guts to fire and look for a new coach/trainer for their child. It’s quite the fine line to have your child pushed to their limits or know what their limits are. Trainers sometimes are there just to pacify the child and to not push them, and then there are the other trainers that push and push and push and don’t know when to let up."

- Virginia S.

INFILTRATING THE CIRCLE OF OTHER MOMS/PARENTS

"This can be a tough one too – trying to get that support from other parents. Parents can seem like they already have achieved their circle of friends, and an outsider may feel alienated and not welcome, in some instances. Me coming from Fargo and trying to fit into the Minneapolis world wasn’t too hard. It was a bit awkward at first, but you have to just get involved in the clinics, your child’s training, the events – volunteering at these things is a great way to get introduced to the world of equestrian events."

- Virginia S.

ATTIRE NEEDED FOR LESSON

"I tell my clients that the first month of lessons they need to wear long pants, close-toed shoes (preferably with a 1/2 inch heel), and dress for the weather. After a month if they want to keep riding they are required to purchase their own helmet and official riding boots. Now this is just the policy at my barn. Some may require you to purchase these items up front as well as wear a collared shirt and or breeches."
- Kelsey L.

GAUGING YOUR CHILD'S INTEREST

"I would say that it is really important to be involved in whatever way you can. Getting in the thick of it is the best way to learn and to see if your kid is really invested. I sit through all the lessons and listen and watch as much as possible. I ask our trainer a ton of questions to try to understand more about the animals and the sport. It makes going to the show so much more enjoyable."

- Bobbi B.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVISE FOR A NEW EQUESTRIAN MOM

“It is really important to be involved in whatever way you can. Getting in the thick of it is the best way to learn and to see if your kid is really invested. I sit through all the lessons, listen and watch as much as possible. I ask our trainer a ton of questions to try to understand more about the animals and the sport. It makes going to the show so much more enjoyable.”

- Bobbi B.