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    02-05-2013, 10:53 PM
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Weanling
Advancing with only one lesson a week?

I am starting English lessons after a 3-4 year period of doing Western, 2 years English before that. One of the reasons I am going back to English is because I feel like I can advance a lot more in English and get somewhere, which I wasn't feeling in Western (I was getting bored with it).

I am only doing lessons once a week, and will more than likely stay that way. I don't have time to go during the week because of school, and I think going twice a week would be too costly for my parents.

Will I still be able to advance well as a rider just going once a week? I would love to be able to ride more often, but I know its just not possible. I can't go to the barn after school because it takes too long to get there. I was thinking of maybe half leasing in a few years but it would be pointless because I can only ride once a week, and I'd be paying for rides that I can't do.

Can I still become an 'advanced' rider just riding once a week? I don't want to be looked down on forever by riders who ride more often as a 'lesson girl' who isn't an advanced rider or a good rider, just a lesson rider. I consider myself about intermediate right now, because I have been riding for 6 years, and I have a good seat (not to brag/boast) and I can keep control. I will be a kind of beginner at English, but not a never-ridden-before kind of beginner. I will I have to relearn riding with contact but I feel like I have light hands and I should be able to keep nice contact.

Can my riding skills still advance just doing once a week lessons? I honestly do want to be as good as the more advanced riders at this barn, not just looked down on as a beginner lesson rider, and no more.

Sorry for the long post, Thanks!
     
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    02-05-2013, 11:24 PM
  #2
Foal
I could never afford more than one lesson a week, and I'm almost ready for A rated shows! Its the commitment @ home (or at the barn if you can lease or rent a horse) that counts in the long run. Think of lessons as a check up, and you get a few more pointers to work on for the next week. :)
     
    02-05-2013, 11:31 PM
  #3
Ink
Weanling
I had to put up with once a week lessons for a really long time. And while the situation isn't ideal, you can certainly still advance your skills with only one ride a week if you have a good instructor and lesson horses. Though it is more challenging because you don't have a chance to practice what you've learned between lessons. As long as you go in trying to get the most out of each ride, you'll do fine.

I was able to swap doing barn chores like feeding and mucking stalls for extra lessons in high school, and actually paid off a partial lease over the summer that way. It never hurts to ask if you can arrange something like that with your instructor. The worst they can say is no.
     
    02-05-2013, 11:43 PM
  #4
Trained
Yes. You won't go as quickly up in skill level but you'll improve.

The thing to do is to work on other things that will help your riding and that will help make up for some of the lack of saddle time. Work on your balance, coordination, flexibility and core strength. Work on your cardio. All of that will help you in the saddle. You could even buy rider fitness books - they will have specific exercises for you to do.
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    02-05-2013, 11:44 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ink    
I had to put up with once a week lessons for a really long time. And while the situation isn't ideal, you can certainly still advance your skills with only one ride a week if you have a good instructor and lesson horses. Though it is more challenging because you don't have a chance to practice what you've learned between lessons. As long as you go in trying to get the most out of each ride, you'll do fine.

I was able to swap doing barn chores like feeding and mucking stalls for extra lessons in high school, and actually paid off a partial lease over the summer that way. It never hurts to ask if you can arrange something like that with your instructor. The worst they can say is no.
Thanks y'all!!

I was actually thinking of this earlier; doing barn chores for extra lessons. I love helping out at the barn with stuff like cleaning stalls, cleaning buckets, sweeping, etc. I think one of the reasons I like doing it so much is because at the barn I'm leaving right now, I knew that they got busy and didn't always have time to clean and needed the extra hand :) I also just love being around horses and making myself useful :)
     
    02-07-2013, 04:34 PM
  #6
Weanling
Absolutely! I only have one lesson per week and have seen improvements each time. It all depends on the instructor and how much effort you put into it.
I find as well doing exercises at home such as pilates really helps with my core strength.
(I do get to ride once or twice more during the week, so that also helps.) Can you ride any other times than your lessons?
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    02-07-2013, 07:23 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by ElaineLighten    
Absolutely! I only have one lesson per week and have seen improvements each time. It all depends on the instructor and how much effort you put into it.
I find as well doing exercises at home such as pilates really helps with my core strength.
(I do get to ride once or twice more during the week, so that also helps.) Can you ride any other times than your lessons?
Thanks! I can't ride any other times than my lesson, but I'll have to see what I'll be able to do. Maybe I could do a lesson on Saturday, then clean stall and do barn chores and the like in return for an extra ride, like working off lessons.
     
    02-07-2013, 08:04 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
I only get about 2 lessons a month in!
     
    02-07-2013, 08:43 PM
  #9
Yearling
Last time I had a lesson was..........

At the most EVER I only had 2 lessons a month!! If you're dedicated it might actually be better for you. We're doing that with DD, she gets a lesson and in the lesson the trainer gives her certain skills & goals. Then we go home & practice. By focusing just on those things we're solidifying her foundation. When she has the skills down, we go in for another lesson. Last time, the goals were a little tougher for her to get. There was 3 months btwn her lesson.

Not saying that will work for you & your goals, it's just an example
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    02-07-2013, 09:06 PM
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Weanling
I might have to rig up something in my room so I can practice stuff :)
     

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