I started riding again (hunters/equitation) this past Dec. After a 12-year hiatus. Before I stopped riding, I was doing walk-trot-canter and doing smallish crossrails. I'm now 12 lessons in with my new trainer, and I just finished up my third lesson of cantering. I do not own or lease a horse, so the only time I'm in the saddle is during lessons.
I feel a little stupid asking this, because I already know the answer: Depends on the person. but since I'm quickly approaching the point where I left riding 12 years ago, I'm now going into unchartered territory. That being said, I'd love to hear from trainers and students alike in how long it took them -- or their students -- to progress from walk/trot through the height they're jumping now. (Be it crossrails or over 4'.)
My trainer feels like I'll be ready to do some jumping (I'm sure they'll be tiny) before my first show in May, so I know what we're aiming for. Even though things are moving quicker this time around, I can't help but feel like I'm taking too long. Like with cantering, I'm still not excited about it, but I'm coming around. My seat feels good, I'm not teetering on falling or anything, but she has to push me a little bit to get going -- which I like.
She makes corrections in the ring (closing my fingers, getting on to my horse when she's lazy and doesn't want to canter), but they seem to be mostly minor, and she's heavy on praise. Which has somehow given me a complex , like I'm a 'special' student. So, I'm left wondering if I am making decent progress and just don't need tons of corrections or if she's trying to be polite and gentle since I'm older? (She's 25, I'm 32.)
Just curious. I'm probably just spending WAY too much time thinking about it. I will try and talk to her about it during my next lesson. Sometimes these things don't pop into my head until after the fact. Thanks so much for wading though this!