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!