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post #1 of 14 Old 11-03-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Are my lessons too easy for me?

So I've been doing the same jumping in my lessons for a whole now, crossrail courses. And to be honest I find them incredibly easy. Should I ask my instructor for more challenging things or does she know what's best for me? Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-03-2011, 11:30 PM
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If your feeling that your not moveing foward then I would bring it up yes. Even if you just ask about the benifits if the exerises your doing? however i would politly express to your instructor that you are feeling that you are not being chalenged enough and would like to know how to advance and challenge yourself more. or something along those lines

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 04:01 AM
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Definitely talk to your instructor, lessons should be fun and challenging. If you haven't talked to her she probably doesn't know that you're bored with the repetitive work or feel confident enough to move on to something new. I'm sure she has her reasons for schooling you the way she is so you need to clarify with her what it is you're trying to achieve so that you can focus on those points to really progress. However even if she feels that you should remain at that hight and difficulty there's no reason why you can't mix things up to keep it interesting and work on different aspects of your riding within your capabilities. Hope that helped :) .
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 04:09 AM
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It depends on your instructor really!
You can find some instructors have staled, they plan a lesson and repeat it for the entire day, and then that day for weeks and months.
If you have an instructor that is really wanting to be there and teach, she's probably doing these for your benefit. Everything has its reasons behind it ;)

Ask though, if you don't ask, you don't get. It may be she's trying to see if you're ready in yourself, and asking may move you up the next level, or she may be wanting you to perfect something before you move up!
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 08:39 AM
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For how long do you do it? Small jumps ARE easy BUT do you have a correct position when you jump over? Unless you master to do it correctly on small jump going to the higher ones doesn't make too much of sense to me. BTW, I'm in same position - started taking jumping lessons very recently, mostly doing cross-rails. Some I can feel I do nice, some definitely not quite (don't follow the motion).

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post #6 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 04:52 PM
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Kitten Val has a very good point. Do you know what you are working on in the lessons? Jumping isn't about just getting over the jump. Perhaps you haven't really mastered distances, or your position or something like that. Ask your instructor why you aren't moving, perhaps she has a very good reason.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the fab replies! In response to what everyone said about working on position, the reason I ask this question is because my instructor even said the other day "Wow, that was perfect!" So I know I don't need to fix my position and whatnot. When I have a private the lesson is half an hour, sometimes I ride with my friend and that lesson is 45 minutes. I'll definitely ask tomorrow!
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-04-2011, 10:02 PM
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Yes, just bring it up straight to the instructor. Ask something like "Do you think I'm ready to try a bigger jump?" I'm sure instructor will be happy to discuss it with you. :) Good luck!

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-05-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-09-2011, 12:05 PM
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Well sometimes you do everything right and your horse still could do better.

But still bring it up! You're paying for these lessons and if you aren't learning anything, then you need to speak up!
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