Have you asked your teacher how well you're progressing? We ride western but, goodness, didn't even get on a saddle the first three lessons. At first we learned things like how to put a halter on, how to lead a horse, how to hold things (leads, bridles, etc.) in our hands, how to be safe around horses, and how to balance on a bareback pad.
My sister's daughter took lessons and she was doing barrels within a few weeks. Well, that's not learning how to ride a horse. That's sitting on a horse that is going through his paces.
Are you absolutely sure you wanna mess with my carrots?