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post #1 of 30 Old 12-16-2008, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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how long for a lesson?

I take lessons 3 to 4 times a week. They are 30 minutes long each.

I find that I wished I was riding longer. I asked my trainer about hour long lessons and she said that it would be a bit much for me and the horse, and she only really does hour long lessons with jumping students. I have only been taking lessons for 7 weeks, so I am definitely not up to jumping yet.

Is the half hour lesson the usual length?
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-16-2008, 10:01 PM
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I took half hour lessons when I started out, and probably didn't move on to hour lessons until I had been riding two or three months. Mostly it was because of convince and money, but I think it doesn't matter how long in a lesson, but how much you get done. I've learned more in fifteen minutes then I have in two hours on a horse.

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post #3 of 30 Old 12-16-2008, 10:05 PM
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Wow; only half an hour? Where I've ridden (i've been at 2 barns in total), it's always been an hour. At the barn I ride at now, it's likee almost 2hrs! It's wonderful. I guess it just depends. We do a lot of warming up & flatwork, then jumping, then cool-down.

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post #4 of 30 Old 12-16-2008, 10:06 PM
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At my barn it really depends on what you want to pay for. The trainers will do eith half hours or they will do hour lessons. When i started riding 13 years ago I did hour lessons. It depends on what you want to do at my barn
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post #5 of 30 Old 12-17-2008, 06:01 AM
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Well, you didn't mention whether your lessons are group or private. That makes a big difference. I think a 30 minute private lesson is reasonable, I have done that before. But a 30 minute group lesson is starting to get a bit silly, especially if there are more than 3 people in the lesson.

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post #6 of 30 Old 12-17-2008, 06:28 AM
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All my private lessons have been half an hour, and you can get quite a lot into that. Group lessons are an hour.

Obviously you need to warm up and cool down your horse, but once you've been taking lessons for a while you'll be able to get in, get on, and get ahead with that right away. That'll give you more time for learning new stuff :)

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post #7 of 30 Old 12-17-2008, 10:29 AM
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my leasons are 60 minites but some times end up being longer in Outlaws being silly.
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post #8 of 30 Old 12-17-2008, 10:42 AM
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it either depends on what you pay or what level you are at. I can see only having a lesson for half an hour if you were a little kid becuase childrens attention spand is different than adults right...huh...
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I've always had hour long lessons for as long as I can remember. Some clinics are only 45 minutes to fit more people in, but then you're expected to warm up your own horse.

Honestly, it's probably because your coach doesn't have any more flatwork exercises for you to work on. She is probably at a loss at what to do with you because she only knows how to chuck people over fences. Go buy a 101 flatwork exercises book and ask her to help you with working on some of the exercises. And start working on your own strength at home so that you can handle an hour. Squats, Lunges, Sit-ups, Running, Yoga and Pilates, etc can be helpful.
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post #10 of 30 Old 12-17-2008, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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It is a 1/2 hour private lesson. I think once I am a more adept rider she will take me to hour lessons. I hope so. I feel like I learn a lot in the 1/2 hour, but I really want to ride for longer because I enjoy it.
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