Ask Adrienne Sternlicht : Do all good trainers not allow their clients to jump their own (clients) horse when the trainer is not present?

Hi Jessica!

I don’t know that there is a one size fits all answer, but for me it’s been really important to learn to do a bit of it on my own. The first time I went to a show by myself I was a definitely nervous but it was a hugely beneficial experience for me. I realized Mclain had more confidence in me than I had in myself! Both of my horses were double clear in the Grand Prix and it really made me believe in myself. I think jumping on your own provides you the opportunity to get better acquainted with the quirks of your horse, and allows for a bit of trial and error. Growing up in the American system I think a lot of riders don’t get that opportunity and from my experience it’s really valuable!

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