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  • Has anyone heard of this Maryland trainer?

    Sarah Wendernuk
    www.effectiveriding.com

    I saw an ad for her in the Equiery and decided to contact her as trainers in my area are hard to come by. I am going to try a lesson with her this weekend. Her website lists all of her background and experiences, but no photos or anything.

    Just wanted to know if anyone has ridden with her.

    I have the option of her coming to my farm or she will also let me trailer to her place which will be good for my young mare. I guess I will see after this weekend

    Wish me luck and TIA!!
    Don't squat with your spurs on.

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    Haven't ridden with her, but definitely strange to see a site with NO photos of the actual trainer or students or ANYTHING that would give you a clue about their actual skills! People, develop a professional website that is actually informative! Its not too hard!

    Good luck!

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    • #3
      You misspelled the name. She's just an enthusiast trying her hand at being a trainer since she has her own place now. I wouldn't expect too much. She's got no real history behind her as a trainer or rider and isn't even a member of any of the Equestrian organizations.
      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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        #4
        Thanks to both of you! Sorry about the misspell.

        I had a feeling she hadn't been training for awhile, but I figured I would at least have a "meet 'n greet" lesson and welcome someone's ideas. If I don't feel comfortable with it, I will keep looking. It's just hard to find a good trainer in the area who doesn't charge so much for just coming to the farm (as I could understand for gas, etc.)..or even one within 30 minutes to trailer to.

        If anyone also has any ideas and would like to know my area, please PM me. Thanks again!
        Don't squat with your spurs on.

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        • #5
          I saw her ad a couple of months ago and looked up the website just for the hell of it. It seems like a load of crock to me. Most of the trainers she's worked with I've never heard of, and the rest of it was such fluff and goofiness that I couldn't believe she was using it to promote herself.

          Where are you in MD? You can find lots of adequate, decent, and very good trainers in the state, and depending on where you are, it's easy to cross the state line and find more.
          Amanda

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          • #6
            People like this remind me of terribly cheesy, obnoxious car salesmen. Anyone who cites Parelli, Supernanny, and taking photos at the WEGs as proof of their abilities is a total joke. Same with these lists of trainers she's worked with, clinics she'd gone to, etc. Who cares? Anyone can sign up for a clinic if they have the money. I'd be asking for for names of horses and riders that she's moved through the levels successfully. That's the proof.
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            • #7
              Haha - My resume is about as impressive and I would not sell my snake oil to anyone!

              She's a member of USEA but has no competitions listed....

              Not sure what your goals are, but for eventing, I would not want to train with a coach who has not done it extensively themselves..... Too many rules, safety issues, etc.

              Saw a local hunter trainer bring her kids out to an unrated schooling show and have to scramble when she found out that they were all in illegal bits for dressage, and later get a little girl DQd because she coached her through the SJ round.
              The rebel in the grey shirt

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                #8
                Wow. Thanks everyone for speaking my mind I guess I was a little worried on being "overly-expressive" but I was definitely worried getting involved with someone who doesn't have references, a name to their farm or where they teach at, no references of shows, competetions, levels, etc. In fact, she didn't even list a level I don't think?

                I googled her and absolutely nothing came up.

                My horses are in Pasadena..I have a trailer so I can take them off the property, as well. I used to have them out and also grew up riding between Davidsonville and all through South County, (primarily horse country) but that is such a long drive. I don't really want to go over a 30 min. drive, but I'll consider options of course.

                People like this remind me of terribly cheesy, obnoxious car salesmen
                - That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. Kinda scammish, too. She was a little overly excited when she returned my e-mail as if she hadn't had any replies or clients in some time.

                Who knows. The search goes on...
                Don't squat with your spurs on.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JWB View Post
                  Not sure what your goals are, but for eventing, I would not want to train with a coach who has not done it extensively themselves..... Too many rules, safety issues, etc.
                  Oh, and to answer this... I do have further goals as far as competing, but she has just recovered from Lymes and I think it messed with her confidence a little. It's been since June that we have been struggling and butting heads and she was diagnosed in August. I wanted to rule everything out medically before treating her odd antics as behavioral. We started with getting her teeth done, checking my saddle on her, joints, etc. So finally we tested her for EPM and Lymes. We received the go ahead from the vet and stopped the medcine at the end of December.

                  She has become so spooky when she used to be so brave, although green broke, but still willing to learn. Now she just throws her head in the air constantly acting as if I'm pulling on her when I know my hands are forward and soft, my seat soft, legs soft but there for contact. I ride in a "driving-the-horse-forward" seat all the time or else she doesn't feel the confidence from me to keep moving forward and becomes hesitant. I can't even walk her around the farm calmly on a nice day, but we are making progress as I am sticking to it. I make her walk by anything and everything, keep her focused and listening to me whether it be with my aids or just talking to her and praising her ALOT for every good thing she does, big or small. I even have her in a hackamore at the moment to hopefully get her mind off of that. If I could just have ONE day where we could have even a 15 minute peaceful ride around the farm..I'd be SO happy. I'm confident we'll get there, but I need a little help.
                  Don't squat with your spurs on.

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                  • #10
                    I know of a nice trainer, but she's in the Lisbon/Woodbine/Mt. Airy area, so probably farther than you want to drive.

                    And by nice I mean all her horses I've seen have seemed sane and the kids she brought to some schooling shows my barn put on all seemed safe and capable. And I watched her give a jumping lesson to a friend and liked what I saw.
                    The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
                    Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AChestnutMare&ABlonde View Post
                      Oh, and to answer this... I do have further goals as far as competing, but she has just recovered from Lymes and I think it messed with her confidence a little. It's been since June that we have been struggling and butting heads and she was diagnosed in August. I wanted to rule everything out medically before treating her odd antics as behavioral. We started with getting her teeth done, checking my saddle on her, joints, etc. So finally we tested her for EPM and Lymes. We received the go ahead from the vet and stopped the medcine at the end of December.

                      She has become so spooky when she used to be so brave, although green broke, but still willing to learn. Now she just throws her head in the air constantly acting as if I'm pulling on her when I know my hands are forward and soft, my seat soft, legs soft but there for contact. I ride in a "driving-the-horse-forward" seat all the time or else she doesn't feel the confidence from me to keep moving forward and becomes hesitant. I can't even walk her around the farm calmly on a nice day, but we are making progress as I am sticking to it. I make her walk by anything and everything, keep her focused and listening to me whether it be with my aids or just talking to her and praising her ALOT for every good thing she does, big or small. I even have her in a hackamore at the moment to hopefully get her mind off of that. If I could just have ONE day where we could have even a 15 minute peaceful ride around the farm..I'd be SO happy. I'm confident we'll get there, but I need a little help.
                      It sounds as though she is still at least body sore, if not more. Of course they can "remember" the pain, but this sounds more like something is still going on. Can you pull a blood panel to do an nutritional eval and see if she is serioulsy lacking something and has there been a second test to see if the Lyme titer has resolved to a normal level?
                      "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AChestnutMare&ABlonde View Post
                        She was a little overly excited when she returned my e-mail as if she hadn't had any replies or clients in some time.

                        Who knows. The search goes on...
                        She is new to training, as in she's not done it before. That's why she was so excited. Her training business is brand new, started several weeks ago. She has had little or no involvement with the horse industry other than being a fringe participant.
                        Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Calamber View Post
                          It sounds as though she is still at least body sore, if not more. Of course they can "remember" the pain, but this sounds more like something is still going on. Can you pull a blood panel to do an nutritional eval and see if she is serioulsy lacking something and has there been a second test to see if the Lyme titer has resolved to a normal level?
                          I asked my vet and he assured me everyone asks that, but that there's no reason to re-test right away. I've been told this by other vets too? But I am still gaining some understanding to the disease. I;ve been paying as close attention as possible to her reactions...some are at objects that I can see she could be spooky or hesitant about, but other times I will ask her to trot some and she flips her head up and throws a mini tantrum. I just don't know...Sometimes I become discouraged and frustrated, but I know we'll make progress together.
                          Don't squat with your spurs on.

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                          • #14
                            there are a few decent ones on the Eastern Shore:

                            Mogie Bearden-Mulle (sp)
                            Matt Bryner
                            Scott Chipps

                            All Eventers....who will come to you or you can trailer in.

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                            • #15
                              and also Kim Meier, who is a quadrapeligic but still teaches at her farm.

                              So does her Ex-Husband Marty Morani

                              Good Luck

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                              • #16
                                No, I haven't heard of her, but I did giggle. Her resume is almost identical to mine. Riding for 25 years, degree in psychology, background in hunters and eventing (but I have one BN on my record!). I even did clinics with some of the same people, and got my instructor's license! What did all of this qualify me to do?

                                'Up down up down up down, pay attention to your pony, look up, smile!, can you put your hands on your head?, it's like doing the YMCA, good job!, up down up down up down.'

                                Get very dizzy doing lunge line lessons.
                                http://thoughtfulequestrian.blogspot.com - My Ventures Into Eventing

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Catie79 View Post
                                  What did all of this qualify me to do?

                                  'Up down up down up down, pay attention to your pony, look up, smile!, can you put your hands on your head?, it's like doing the YMCA, good job!, up down up down up down.'

                                  Get very dizzy doing lunge line lessons.

                                  I agree, I am only a few years short of experience from the rest of you it seems and I only feel comfortable teach children, if that.. but PROMISING change in your horse and riding? Idk...

                                  But I rather just stick to horses. Even the projects I do take on, I always have a trainer.

                                  Thanks again! I will look them up!
                                  Don't squat with your spurs on.

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                                  • #18
                                    You have a pm

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by LexInVA View Post
                                      You misspelled the name. She's just an enthusiast trying her hand at being a trainer since she has her own place now. I wouldn't expect too much. She's got no real history behind her as a trainer or rider and isn't even a member of any of the Equestrian organizations.
                                      Really ???

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                                      I have no dog in this fight Lex but at least look the person up before you make claims. You do know how to use the USEF search function right? Maybe not......

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                                      • #20
                                        Mogie Bearden's great! Scott Chipps, no, not so much. Never heard of the other guy.

                                        In defense of Lex, anyone can join and anyone can claim to be a pro (though, usually it seems more like people trying to pass of being an ammy!). Does she have any actual results behind that membership? I know I searched her on USEA when I first saw her name and her website...nadda.
                                        Amanda

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