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    02-07-2013, 08:09 PM
  #11
Trained
I love 2X a week lessons, however in reality, I usually only get a once a week lesson. Do I learn from these, ABSOLUTELY!!! You will too OP.
     
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    02-08-2013, 12:20 PM
  #12
Foal
If you can only ride once a week, you will certainly improve but as with any thing else practice makes perfect and the more you practice the better you will be faster.

I had a yr and a half when I first started that I only rode once a week, then for several years I rode about 2 times a week. Once in a private lesson and once on my own. Sometimes three times a week if I was lucky.

Since I've gotten my license though I've been able to ride a lot more...more like 5 times a week. And I feel like it's really been an improvement

However money-wise, I wouldn't have been able to have many lessons when I was younger. After 11 yrs old, my instructor kindly let me work off all my lessons and riding on my own times and I've done that ever since to this day. Could you do the same type of working student program thing?
     
    02-09-2013, 05:07 PM
  #13
Weanling
If the barn owner won't let you trade work for lessons try thinking of other ways to save up a little bit of money. I used to clean tack for people in order to pay for an extra lesson a month. You will learn a ton in 1 lesson a week but I can guarantee that you will get the bug and want to do more!
     
    02-17-2013, 07:13 PM
  #14
Foal
I am fortunate enough to be able to ride about five days a week, but I still do a ton of strength training on the side. If you are switching from western to english, you may need a bit of a core muscle tune-up for posting, and if you plan on jumping you'll probably need more than just a tune-up. IME, a huge part of advancing in English riding is strength, so that should help, too.
     
    02-17-2013, 10:15 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JumperForLife    
I am fortunate enough to be able to ride about five days a week, but I still do a ton of strength training on the side. If you are switching from western to english, you may need a bit of a core muscle tune-up for posting, and if you plan on jumping you'll probably need more than just a tune-up. IME, a huge part of advancing in English riding is strength, so that should help, too.
When I did Western I posted because I rode an OTTB with a big trot :3
     
    02-17-2013, 11:40 PM
  #16
Showing
Once a week will be enough. I went from dodgey trotting to cantering in a few once a week lessons.. and now I actually can w/t/c stirrupless. I also take lessons only once a week and have no access of riding horses the rest of the week.
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    02-18-2013, 01:17 AM
  #17
Foal
I got one lesson a week for a long time (with year breaks in between my riding because my mother would get tired of driving me to the barn and this includes when I rode for one of the best eventing trainers in the country for free as a working student). As long as you pay close attention and really work on remembering and putting into action everything they tell you, you will be FINE!

Maybe work at the barn over the summer for more rides/lease so you can really get some work in then! Barn chores for lessons are awesome. Like I said, I was a working student at one point. 2 days, 4 hours a day, for a 1 hour lesson once a week. It was ridiculous but it was well worth it and I learned more from that trainer in 3 months than any other trainer (besides my horse) that I've had.

Also if you want to do work OUTSIDE of the barn to help your riding. Running is great, I try to run 2/3 times a week and I can usually manage a 4/5 mile run when I'm not sick/injured! Squats are good if you want to jump. Look into rider exercise books there should be some helpful stuff out there.

I've also, returning to Dressage and remembering like nothing, taken up watching videos on youtube and trying to learn from those as far as positioning for myself. Not the easiest way to learn but it keeps me focused on what I need to work on and where I want to be one day!
     

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