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post #1 of 13 Old 04-13-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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How did you find your instructor?

I've been searching for a little over a week now, and still can't find a local English Instructor :(. So im wondering, how did you guys taking lessons find your riding instructor? Was it word of mouth, a newspaper, website etc? There are local trainers but they do western :/. Or they'll instruct english but they do western (to me that makes no sense though?). I use to board but I don't any more, and I havent been to a horse show in about 2 years, so I don't exactly hear word of the mouth. When I was young I took lessons at the boarding facility's we were at. I've always wanted to learn to jump, ever since I was a little girl. So when I was about 9, I had a pony, all my english tack and was starting lessons by a trainer that's mom boarded at the same stable as me. Well things didn't work out... my mom felt she was wasting her money, I already knew the basics of horse care, yet she insisted that I only work from the ground. So after several lessons and me still not even getting in the saddle we stopped the lessons. Then I started having problems with my pony, so long story short, I outgrew my english saddle, sold my crazy old pony and never turned back.

Now... lol I have a gaited horse :(, so im kind of stuck and I can't seem to find local instructors? With gas prices I simply can't afford to drive 1 hour one way to a instructor. I would buy an english saddle and just "teach" myself, but again I have a gaited horse, and though I could do saddleseat I couldn't do actual English (i'm not saying you can't jump or ride a gaited horse english, but the simple fact is you can't post to a trot that's not there ). I've debated leasing, but again not many people are offering off-site lease, and I can't afford to pay $300+ for the local horses for lease (i fell in love with a mare that would of been perfect, found out she wanted board covered which was $300, she wouldn't do off site lease and lived about 40+mins away). So basically my final option was to sell my gaited horse and replace her with something broke english and non-gaited. Does anybody have any suggestions? Is there any where else I can look? I've tried Craiglist, Horseville and some other sites, and I can't find anybody less than 40+mins away. They average anywhere from $30-$40 a lesson, so that plus gas would be just to much. Given the fact that I only make $80-$120 a month from babysitting and my fiance's job is all we have since my mother doesn't exactly support me in not riding gaited anymore (since I got a gaited horse to trail ride with her gaited horse). Sorry its long any help would be great!
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Well, I'm all for flexibility and making dreams come true, but maybe this is a dream that has to wait a bit? Your blessings: You have a horse, you ride with your mom, you have a fiance who loves you, and probably a lot of years ahead of you to try new things. Maybe now is a time to enjoy your horse and time with your mom.

However, if you really, really think now is the time to stretch and grow, I would ask around at a tack shop, an English show, or try to find an English riding club like 4-H, a trail riding club, or Pony Club. Someone in one of those groups might know an instructor.

I found my barn on a state horse/agricultural classified page. I would just keep looking on the web for sites that host horse related ads, you might come across something. You could also post a "wanted" ad under farm/garden on Craigslist, but bring someone with you and be careful of those who reply.

Can gaited horses jump from a canter? Could you try to teach yourself to jump, even though there won't be a posting trot? Maybe you could use a trail saddle rather than a Western saddle?
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-13-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm all for flexibility and making dreams come true, but maybe this is a dream that has to wait a bit? Your blessings: You have a horse, you ride with your mom, you have a fiance who loves you, and probably a lot of years ahead of you to try new things. Maybe now is a time to enjoy your horse and time with your mom.

However, if you really, really think now is the time to stretch and grow, I would ask around at a tack shop, an English show, or try to find an English riding club like 4-H, a trail riding club, or Pony Club. Someone in one of those groups might know an instructor.

I found my barn on a state horse/agricultural classified page. I would just keep looking on the web for sites that host horse related ads, you might come across something. You could also post a "wanted" ad under farm/garden on Craigslist, but bring someone with you and be careful of those who reply.

Can gaited horses jump from a canter? Could you try to teach yourself to jump, even though there won't be a posting trot? Maybe you could use a trail saddle rather than a Western saddle?
Well right now I ride in a Sythentic Round Skirted saddle, and she's had some hoof problems in the past and being 15 idk if she'd be up for learning to jump at her age :/
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Recommendations. I did ask on 2 local forums and all (but 1) instructors I took lessons from were recommended there.

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-14-2011, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Recommendations. I did ask on 2 local forums and all (but 1) instructors I took lessons from were recommended there.
Ok, I was thinking of checking our local TSC's billboard and seeing if they have anything listed for barns near by, normally they post business cards. So I might be able to call around and see if they give lessons or know anybody local that does. Our local feed mill has a billboard but hardly anybody buts anything up on it :(.
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tsc helps, also just ask around locally and good luck!

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-15-2011, 11:39 PM
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try horse clicks or equinenow I think you could try posting an ad on craigs list too. Craigs list is usually cheaper. You may be able to find a trainer that will let you clean stables or groom or something in exchange for lessons. That's what I did as a teenager. I gave her several hours work for every hour of lesson and it worked out great. We actually became great friends and she would haul me and my first big show hunter to shows with her and her horse. I really learned a lot from her and I'll never forget her :)
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I used to take from a Western lady that did English. She said her daughter competed one year--it was an awful experience, I'd never trust that.

I found my current instructor through googling various stables, and I found her website.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-17-2011, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm thanks for all the tips, I didn't find anybody on the TSC billboard but i'll keep checking. I put an ad on craigslist and horsetopia. We just brought home an older arabian mare for me to learn english own, so hopefully if I can't find an instructor I can do some self-teaching. Thanks
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