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    04-22-2012, 09:03 AM
had my first lesson atmy new barn! :D

I'm really really happy I found a new barn and can't wait to start riding regularly there! (I still have a few lesson left at my other barn) The owner/trainer at my new barn is a dressage instructor mainly, but does a lot of coaching to jumper riders who want to improve their position.

Her horses are not easy to ride and I had some trouble, but oh! What a nice and proper lesson (haven't had one in ages). I was on the beginner horse, but even he's not easy. Her horses are really sensitive to aids so while I would do what I normally do to turn a horse, he would go the other way. To turn right for example, if I just opened the right rein and pushed with my right leg (and sometimes left leg (alternating)) he would go left... At first I was so confused but she explained fully why he was doing this and I eventually managed to him turn properly. But my he made me work for it. These school horses really push you to ride properly ALL the time because one "so so" cue that isn't clear, he ain't going to do it, and if your not there doing your part in the trot (engaging yourself) he'll stop. If you do however, he has a really nice smooth and engaged trot.
Therefore when I did do well I felt so proud as I could feel I was really in control!

She also really helped with my position (I hunch forward too much) so I'm really happy about that. My current trainer just shouts out to not sit so forward but doesn't do anything to help me fix it.

I'm really happy right now and learned so much in my lesson that I can't wait to return! I'm finally going to learn to ride properly with a trainer who knows what she's saying!
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    04-22-2012, 10:21 AM
That's great!! It is a wonderful feeling when you know you have a great teacher!

I hope you keep enjoying lessons there for many months to come.
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    04-23-2012, 05:40 AM
I can't wait to hear of your progress! This trainer sounds promising :)
    04-23-2012, 03:12 PM
I'm happy to hear that you found a new barn that you like and you enjoyed your first lesson with your new trainer. I'm looking forward to reading about your progress, keep us updated!
    04-23-2012, 06:46 PM
Most definitely will! :) I just can't wait to finish my lessons at my other barn. I'm so fed up with my trainer. X(
Last lesson was my first in 2 months, and I was really happy to ride. 2 of the other students in my class though, their horses hadn't been exercised in while, unlike X factor who is regularly ridden by another student. So she made us go in the middle and one by one we cantered. The other 2 students did a lot more cantering than me, which is understandable because their horses needed to get their energy out. When I was cantering X, one of the students commented on how X factor had a nice canter, and my trainer asked her if she ever rode X. SHe replied no. But instead of telling her: hey! Next time you will have your lesson on him... she made me GET OFF of him and switch horses with the other girl so she could canter him MY LAST TIME. It was the end of the lesson so I didn't get to ride the other horse, and to begin with, I had ridden much less than the other students due my horse not needing the exercise. I don't know why I didn't say anything, but next time I will politely tell her NO.

Maybe doesn't seem like a big deal, but I would have liked to have cantered him a third time for a few minutes when the others each had 5 long turns.
    04-23-2012, 06:50 PM
I will greatly miss X factor though. :( I'll have to visit him and groom him. :/
    05-20-2012, 06:57 PM
Update! :D

Update! :) Things worked out at my barn so I'll have the best of both worlds.
There was a lot of tension between most students and my ex-trainer, her and V (the lady who rides/cleans stalls/takes care of the horses on the weekend), as well as with the owner.

Sooo, she decided to leave and go teach elsewhere! It's great because V now teaches lessons to the few remaining students (a few left with my trainer). She isn't certified (she has a full time job and only does this for pleasure), but she's ridden and shown jumpers for a long time so she has more experience than my ex-trainer. She showed me her lesson plans and they're great! She alternates between jumping and dressage and works with and without stirrups. Her jumping classes will be more elaborate than the dressage of course, but she tries to make us practice the basic flatwork that is the most important.

I'm really happy about this because I still have 5 lessons left, so I'll get my moneys worth after all. I still want to ride at the other barn I found though, as she'll teach me classical dressage in bigger details.

I'm so happy this worked out, because although I wanted the instruction from the new place, I was going to really miss the people and horses of the old barn. Now I'll be able to benefit from both! :)

Especially since V agreed to give me 10$ off lessons if I helped with the stalls in the morning (I'll be able to afford both places this way). She lives really close to me too, so she can give me lifts and my dad only has to pick me up in the afternoon.

Now I just need to find time this summer to ride at both barns, while I work full time. ><
    05-20-2012, 11:15 PM
Well good news, I hope she works out for you!
    05-21-2012, 09:46 PM
That's great Hidalgo, who knew it would work out so well? Life does have nice surprises.
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