Would it be weird to ask my trainer if I can watch her ride/teach?
As I mentioned in previous posts, I am injured and not allowed back on a horse for another year and a half. Before I was hurt the final time, I had worked my way up to riding with a respected rider/ trainer who only took on 3 students at a time. It's been 7 months since I had to quit riding and I haven't really been in touch with anyone at my barn or my trainer.
I really want to continue learning even if I can't ride. Do you think it would be awkward or a bad idea to ask my last trainer if I can come and observe her training? Kind of like auditing a clinic? Is this ever done? I'm trying to think of ways I can stay involved :/
I would definitely ask, I don't see why it would be a problem! All of the trainers I've had thoroughly enjoy having their students observing/watching lessons and will occasionally ask questions like "what would have been a better option" or "what did the rider do that was fantastic?" or different things like that.
Another vote for "it can't hurt to ask". Especially since you sound like a nice respectful person.
I do remember years ago being part of a group of adult "re-riders", all of whom had to endure a "peanut gallery" of disrespectful snotty/snobby youngsters pointing, commenting, & giggling at us older "inferiors" during our lesson. While we took them for what they were - & not seriously at that - it was annoying & distracting.