Rebekah Larimer Training
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Harley and I have been taking lessons since Fall 10 and we have come leaps and bounds with only a few real leaps and bounds involved. HAHA. My horse and I are more engaged with each other. I embrace natural horsemanship and the ground work transfers to the riding. Having to ride once a week no matter what really helps. I reccommend Rebekah heartily.Jun 22, 2011
I have been taking lessons with Rebekah for over a year and have learned so much. Her positive attitude makes it easy to learn new things and remember them as well. She listens to what I want to work on and then we work together to achieve those objectives. She helps fill in the gaps and explain new concepts in a manner that I can understand. If I don't grasp the concept, she will try another way to get it across. She makes sure I understand what we worked on and if I have any questions before the lesson is over. Thank you Rebekah for increasing my knowledge and riding skills.Jun 4, 2011
My Andalusian gelding, Amado, and I began having trouble communicating, and I became very frustrated with him to the point that I was thinking of selling him. I met Rebekah in my search for answers and help for my horse. Rebekah is absolutely the most knowledgeable trainer I have ever worked with, she is professional, honest, and kind with both her human client, as well as the horse client. Her knowledge, empathy and patience taught both my horse and me to communicate with each other, and she brought me back to seeing my wonderful horse for the great boy that he is. Amado and I are eternally thankful to Rebekah for helping us reach a partnership and friendship that is unmatched. I will always recommend Rebekah to anyone looking for training and help. She is simply the best as a trainer, and friend!Jun 22, 2011
Rebekah, her lesson horse, Jon, and her current barn make for the best riding situation I have ever had. Rebekah knows I want to progress and am willing to work at it, and she manages to make more advanced lessons enjoyable while being appropriately demanding about details and the finer points of dressage. She has the knowledge and patience to work through the frustrations and plateaus that come with any type of learning, and is generous in praise whenever there is progress. She maintains a wonderfully pleasant lesson atmosphere that others have noticed and commented on to me. I've never once heard her get irritated with a client! The horses are happy in their work and cared for very well due to her extensive barn management experience. She encourages clients to show but is sensible and does not push anyone's capabilities - horse or rider. I recommend her very highly whenever I can!Jun 13, 2011
I am so glad I found Rebekah for my dressage instructor. I have taken lessons with Rebekah for three years and she has made all the difference in my riding skills and confidence. Rebekah has the right combination of riding experience, competing and formal education to be the excellent instructor and trainer I expect. There are probably dozens of things I appreciate about Rebekah but just a few of them are: she is an attentive listener, she pays close attention to detail, she seeks out new learning experiences not only for herself but for her students as well, and she understands horse behavior and works with the horse in a language he understands. And, the horses love her. She has helped me have the horse I always wanted and I am on my way to becoming the rider I'd like to be. Best of all, we have fun doing it.Jun 5, 2011
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?I started riding when I was 3 years old, and am extremely fortunate to be one of those rare individuals who knew exactly what they wanted. I always wanted to be a horse trainer and instructor! When I first went to Belgium, I originally wanted to be an international 3-Day Eventer. I discovered you have to be an adrenaline junky to do the international 3-Day eventing. You need to walk up to those huge jumps in person to really appreciate just how large the jumps are. I love the lower levels of Eventing, but truly found my calling in Dressage.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Ask for credentials! The United States does NOT require a horse trainer or instructor to be certified. ANYONE can say they can train a horse or instruct in riding, which is very scary! Go watch them in action! Insist to be able to watch a lesson or watch them train a horse. Do their training style match your learning style? Exp: If they tend to yell a lot and you get uptight and tense with yelling... you will most likely not be a good match. Also, does the horse they are working with look overly stressed (overly swishing tail, pinned ears, nervous sweat, bucking, rearing, avoiding work, mouth chomping on the bit, etc)? These are all signs that the horse is not comfortable. One question you can ask, is how long have they been working with that particular horse/rider? If it has been for 1+ years, they should look pretty good overall. Trainers often get horses with problems they need to help the horse work through.