Spin off- What is the difference between a "Trainer", "Coach" and "Riding Teacher"
Old Fashioned's rant about saddle fit got me thinking about a conversation I had about 15 years ago with Alex Wortman and Hannes Muller, (from the Warendorf Academy) about the meanings of the three terms.
Hannes is known as a "trainer of trainers" and "teacher of teachers". Neither gent favoured the english word "coach".
Alex in particular, felt the word "coach" as it is used over here, denotes someone who guides a student in personal issues affecting their sport as well as training the rider and helping the rider train the horse.
At least, that seemed to be what many young students and their parents expected, that the coach, like a highschool volleyball coach or swimming coach, would be a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk over boyfriend or family troubles, etc. and it was frustrating to him as he was a Reitlehrer- a "Riding Teacher" who loved to teach RIDING and knows that subject inside out. The other stuff unrelated to actual riding was more in my field ( I am a professional counselor of young people).
Trainer denoted someone who worked with the horse, pretty much exclusively and might give some advice to the horse's usual rider once the training was done.
Somehow, these terms get used interchangeably over here. I have been confused by "Trainers" who never actually get on the horse, and by students who expect a "Riding teacher" will help them train their 3 year old unbroke rescue horse, even before the rider is riding at a level that would be required to saddle train a young horse.
And as a counselor and former riding teacher, I was a little upset when people would pay me for a riding lesson and expect me to listen to their sob story about their breakup with their boyfriend while they sat on their horse, because I held a "Coaching certificate". The only professional qulification offered by our national body is not "riding teacher"but "Coach".
Just opening up the discussion to see what others might think.
Are the three terms interchangeable?