I contacted a farm about 1.5 hours away from me because they have an adult dressage summer camp. Three days with other adults that love dressage? Sounds like fun! The trainer was happy to hear from me, sent me the dates, but had a suggestion for me. In my introductory email I mentioned that I was trying to make the leap from First to Second. While I'd be at the right level for her camp, she thought that I might get more of what I wanted if I just came out for some focused training over two or three days. A lesson on Theo, a lesson on her confirmed Second level horse, and possibly a lunge lesson if I can handle three rides in a day.
She's a PSG level rider, as in scoring mid 60's at PSG on her horse she brought up through the levels. I looked up her scores for 2016 and she had a good season. She's got the credentials. She also trains eventers so I might even be able to go out to school jumping to clear mi papi's brain. Her references check out, the adult ammies in the area love her. She knows her stuff and knows how to teach.
I could, theoretically, go up to visit her on a semi-regular basis for tune ups if we jive.
But that would be me shipping out to train with another local trainer while training with someone. That starts to skim a line. When I hauled out for three days with Mary Wanless, that was for a clinic with a trainer that's based in the UK. It feels different to haul out to a trainer's barn for intensive training.
Am I being paranoid? Is this cool? Do other riders do this?
As much as I love Trainer A, and she's done amazing work with us, I feel like we're going to need more experienced help as we move up the ranks. I want that Second Level. Theo gives me glimpses of what he can do and I know he's knocking on the door. But we're not there. He's not an easy horse when it comes to technical things, he's the king of evasion. I can shoulder in, but it's only going to get me a 6. Or a 5 if he's distracted since we're at a show and the aliens are going to land any second. Love that horse but he's obsessed with the aliens.
I haven't done this. I haven't tried to branch out for more specialist training. I'm not sure what the etiquette is. Of course Trainer A will say everything is fine, she's a professional and Theo is my horse. But I worry that I'm being rude.
Is this a thing people do?