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        08-01-2013, 05:20 PM
      #21
    Trained
    This is something that sorts the 'riding might be cool' riders from those who want to really learn about horses, not just the saddle time.
    Tacking up is a critically important and very basic foundation skill to have. You learn by actually doing it, not just watching someone else.
    If it chews into your riding time in your first lesson, too bad!!!!! Horses are not all about riding. Riding accounts for maybe 5% of the overall knowledge, time and care that goes into them.
    Suck it up this time, learn to tack up then you will be able to do it by yourself, in your own time before the lesson, and quickly, so it won't take away any riding time.
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        08-01-2013, 06:46 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I don't think her issue was that it happened once, but that the instructor said it would continue to take up most the lesson until some undetermined future date.

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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    This is something that sorts the 'riding might be cool' riders from those who want to really learn about horses, not just the saddle time.
    Tacking up is a critically important and very basic foundation skill to have. You learn by actually doing it, not just watching someone else.
    If it chews into your riding time in your first lesson, too bad!!!!! Horses are not all about riding. Riding accounts for maybe 5% of the overall knowledge, time and care that goes into them.
    Suck it up this time, learn to tack up then you will be able to do it by yourself, in your own time before the lesson, and quickly, so it won't take away any riding time.
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        08-01-2013, 11:11 PM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by core    
    I don't think her issue was that it happened once, but that the instructor said it would continue to take up most the lesson until some undetermined future date.


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    Yes, I don't mind if it is a few lessons. I vaguely remember she said something about 10-12 lessons and I think I really need to ask her again, I'm dumb but it shouldn't take 12 lessons to be able to learn to tack up.

    And yes, I agree that anyone learning to ride should learn horsemanship, I have no expectation, nor do I want others to tack up the horse for me.
         
        08-13-2013, 12:23 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Quick update:
    As much as I try to like this dressage barn, I think really it's geared more towards people who have their own horse and works out better if you are not total beginners.

    I've bad 3 lessons there, and my last two lessons, my saddle time was 10 minutes. I kid you not. I understand that when the trainer is teaching me ground safety, saddling and stuff takes time, but it's a bit too much when I pay for 45 min lesson and I literally trot around on a lunge line for 10 min.

    The other two barns I went to I get a solid one hour saddle time and I truly feel that it's much better for me.

    Now these two other barns, both allow me to tack and untack my own horse. I'm learning from the trainer, she watches me do it, but she does not use my lesson time to do that. It's more a hunter/jumper barn, which is at this point more of my interest, but who doesn't agree that dressage is the foundation for all discipline?

    The last barn is the one that I've use to ride in years ago. It's a bit rustic and run down, but I get such a good workout in one hour, trainer is wonderful, and I'm walking trotting and cantering. Trainer agreed that a few private lesson would be a ideal so she can help solidify my seat and some basics.

    I am really more incline to go with this barn. I just cannot see how I can pay $65 to ride 10 min. And they say normally it take about 10-12 lesson for them to allow student to tack and untack.
         
        08-13-2013, 12:46 PM
      #25
    Foal
    10 lessons paying $65 an hour is pretty unrealistic. If it were 3, maybe 4, then I wouldn't see an issue with it.

    Personally, I'd choose the hj barn too in your situation. A good hj can teach solid basics. I wouldn't worry about it as long as you feel your safety is number one priority with the instructor.

    Have fun!!



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    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    Quick update:
    As much as I try to like this dressage barn, I think really it's geared more towards people who have their own horse and works out better if you are not total beginners.

    I've bad 3 lessons there, and my last two lessons, my saddle time was 10 minutes. I kid you not. I understand that when the trainer is teaching me ground safety, saddling and stuff takes time, but it's a bit too much when I pay for 45 min lesson and I literally trot around on a lunge line for 10 min.

    The other two barns I went to I get a solid one hour saddle time and I truly feel that it's much better for me.

    Now these two other barns, both allow me to tack and untack my own horse. I'm learning from the trainer, she watches me do it, but she does not use my lesson time to do that. It's more a hunter/jumper barn, which is at this point more of my interest, but who doesn't agree that dressage is the foundation for all discipline?

    The last barn is the one that I've use to ride in years ago. It's a bit rustic and run down, but I get such a good workout in one hour, trainer is wonderful, and I'm walking trotting and cantering. Trainer agreed that a few private lesson would be a ideal so she can help solidify my seat and some basics.

    I am really more incline to go with this barn. I just cannot see how I can pay $65 to ride 10 min. And they say normally it take about 10-12 lesson for them to allow student to tack and untack.
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        08-16-2013, 10:35 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    Now these two other barns, both allow me to tack and untack my own horse. I'm learning from the trainer, she watches me do it, but she does not use my lesson time to do that. It's more a hunter/jumper barn, which is at this point more of my interest, but who doesn't agree that dressage is the foundation for all discipline?

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    This sounds like the barn where I am taking beginner lessons. My trainer took a ton of time with me the first day, going over how to groom and tack up the horse properly and safely. I only had probably 10 minutes in the saddle that lesson because so much time was taken up with the other, (lesson is tchniclaly 30 min.) but she spent well over that with me all together -- probably closer to an hour and half or more.

    I just has my sixth lesson. I now get the horse out of the stall and curry comb and brush her myself. The trainer usually just checks to make sure I don't need anything then lets me be. She heads back over about the time I'm ready to tack. I'm doing the saddle by myself while she watches, and she's still demonstrating how to do the bridle and bit. However, this no longer cuts into my time in the saddle. I can come in as early as I want to to brush the horse, and am even welcome to come and just hang out or watch other lessons. I definitely take more than 15 minutes doing the curry comb, the brush, and then her feet -- I think I usually get there 45 before my lesson but would actually like to arrive even earlier. (Just have trouble getting myself out the door in time). Again, none of that cuts into my time on the horse -- though I do agree that the horsemanship and safety aspect, as well as the trainers time, is worth paying for. I will just count myself lucky I guess.
         
        08-16-2013, 11:45 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    Quick update:

    I am really more incline to go with this barn. I just cannot see how I can pay $65 to ride 10 min. And they say normally it take about 10-12 lesson for them to allow student to tack and untack.
    Agreed...it is ridiculous that they would think it takes 10-12 lessons to learn to tack up properly even for a base beginner..unless they are 7 or 8 yrs old and too short to adequately reach the top of the horse's back. As long as you can saddle and bridle the only thing the instructor really needs to do is a quick check to make sure things are correct.

    I won't even comment on taking that long before allowing someone to UNTACK a horse....
         
        08-16-2013, 01:56 PM
      #28
    Foal
    No kidding, I don't know why they feel that way. I untack the horse at the other barn all by myself...

    While I understand the importance of longe lessons, I'm seriously getting extremely bored at these lessons. I ride like 10-15 min, and it's just trotting on it posting for 15 min.
    I dunno, I see how everyone tells me how important these longe lesson are and how it is a blessing when someone is willing to take the time to let me do it. I do want to be a good rider, not just someone who sits on the horse and hack all the time, this just doesn't work for me at this point of my life.

    While trying out other barns, all the trainers said the same thing, I have very good balance, I don't use the rein for balance, my position is very good, just that I need tos strengthen the muscle to keep my lower legs quiet.
         

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