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        07-30-2013, 09:55 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Honestly... I want to live in barn 2. It sounds fantastic to be honest! Months on the lunge... *sigh* You will be a far better rider if you go to barn 2 than to barn 1 I think.
         
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        07-30-2013, 10:44 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I talked to loads of ppl at barn 2 and they are super happy :) I better get my tacking skill up to par fast...I'm deadly afraid of the bit

    Another thing I noticed about this barn that's a bit different is their lesson horses. They are not those lazy, you need to kick kick kick and they move. I dunno if it's because I was on a lunge line, they are more energetic

    Side note- I was putting a harness on my lesson horse, I looked away and he grabbed my keychain from my pocket!!!
         
        07-30-2013, 04:30 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    I talked to loads of ppl at barn 2 and they are super happy :) I better get my tacking skill up to par fast...I'm deadly afraid of the bit
    Why are you deathly afraid of the bit?
         
        07-30-2013, 05:05 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Why are you deathly afraid of the bit?
    Back in the days, I went to a bad barn where they saddle the horse up for us in group lessons, so I never have experience. Now I'm learning it and I'm kinda scared of the horses teeth. I know, must be funny to you all :/
    Trainer told me to stick my finger in the area where there no teeth to make it open its mouth, but I am horrified....

    I remember sticking my fist out to let the horse sniff me and he tried to out my fist in his mouth???
         
        07-30-2013, 05:23 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Suck it up and do the lunging. There are really only two ways to get a great seat, and several months on the lunge takes less time than many years sitting for hours and hours and training your body to relax and move in sync with the horse.
         
        07-30-2013, 06:00 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    Back in the days, I went to a bad barn where they saddle the horse up for us in group lessons, so I never have experience. Now I'm learning it and I'm kinda scared of the horses teeth. I know, must be funny to you all :/
    Trainer told me to stick my finger in the area where there no teeth to make it open its mouth, but I am horrified....

    I remember sticking my fist out to let the horse sniff me and he tried to out my fist in his mouth???
    No not funny at all, it's completely natural to be leery of their teeth.

    I am at times, too, because accidents do happen. But honestly just stick your thumb into the corner of their mouth and guide the bit in without hitting it on any of their teeth. Some horses are so good they'll open and keep it open until they feel the bridle loop over their ears :)
         
        07-30-2013, 06:20 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Most barns, on a first lesson, especially if a rider has been out of it for a time, will go through that first on the ground portion. If it continued each lesson I would question but a first lesson that would be normal if the barn expects students to tack up their own horses. Talking about barn etiquette, how things work around the barn, again, in a first lesson that would be expected...for every lesson I would question. Those are things you need to know for general safety for you, the horses and other riders..barn etiquette..and it is something that is not routinely taught anymore.
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        07-31-2013, 01:14 AM
      #18
    Foal
    To be fair- I think the first lesson is more detailed- until I can safely tack up on my own, and god knows how long that will take, it will eat up my lesson time.

    I wish they will let me help another student tack up or observe or let another student teach em or something that doesn't eat my own time. Because once you are "approved", you can get there early to tack up. The thing is I am not approved to lead and halter yet. So even though I can saddle, time starts clicking when someone watch me lead the horse out. :/
         
        07-31-2013, 06:15 AM
      #19
    Foal
    I've never figured out how a beginner can determine if an instructor is actually good, or just uses the key words/actions to fake it. I met a lady that knew every piece of terminology and appeared to know the concepts, but in practical application could only produce students that utterly sucked.

    Personally, I would ask exactly how long saddling will eat into lesson time. I would ask about options to cut that time down. I would also ask to sit in on other beginner lessons. For 2 reasons, one to learn how to saddle/handle a horse faster, two to determine if you the instructor is someone you want to invest a huge chunk of your money with. Any instructor worth their salt will either find a good compromise, or will explain her reasons so you understand. But it's on you to ask questions.

    Also, if the instructor is knowledgeable, then sitting in on lessons will help you learn faster (if you can learn by watching - some people can't).
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        07-31-2013, 01:03 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Very good point core! I did sit on 2 other students classes, I think it will be a good idea to ask if there are ways I an help r observe others lead saddle their horse.

    I enjoyed watching and listening to their lessons :)
         

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