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    11-20-2008, 06:08 PM
  #11
Foal
Alot of it depends on your and the horse your ride. At the lesson barn where I ride, there is a student who is physical ready to canter, meaning she has excellent balance and rythm, but mentally, she is afraid to canter,

So alot of it is your progress, ask your trainer to tell you how you are doing, and if you feel completely confiedent at your skills at the trot, and your confident in the horse, go ahead and ask your trainer to teach you to canter! And its okay if it goes completely wrong. The first time I cantered, I didn't steer the pony and jumped poles at the same time!!!! But it will be your most memerable moment!
     
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    11-23-2008, 03:59 AM
  #12
Weanling
Joshie, you got it-if you don't learn the ground work you shouldnt be in the saddle- muck stalls, learn feeding, a bit of equine ER, tack care, grooming, not in order there sorry=then the lessons in riding. I keep going on about this it is a partner ship not skateboarding. Learn the animal-learn yourself and riding is a joy and will progress every time you do it. It is an amazing journey we!!!!! Are on
     
    11-28-2008, 02:09 AM
  #13
Foal
Time. You can't rush anything in a sport. You need to develop not only proper muscles, but balance and understanding of how to apply your aids. This doesn't happen over night. You constantly learn with riding horses, because one horse differs from the next.

So, the more you do it, the faster your body will learn to build muscles, but riding is a sport that develops as you do it. Learning feel takes a LONG time. :)
     
    12-01-2008, 02:18 PM
  #14
Yearling
I don't think there's any kind of set timescale. I would have cantered on my third half-hour lesson if I had been on a different horse; as it was I started cantering on my fifth because that was when Charlie Brown was available. Took me ages to be able to sit it, I still can't do it that well xD I started leg yielding after about eight or ten lessons, I think. But those were private ones, hence faster progress, and also instead of working on one thing ad nauseum until it was 'mastered', I would be introduced to several new things and work on them all. I am certainly not 'really good' at anything, especially after months without riding. I dread to think what I'll look like next time I'm on a horse!

I think the best thing is to look at what you're doing in your lessons and how you feel about it. That will let you know if you're making good progress.

Do you have set things to work on? They can be big - learning to jump - or small - keeping an even contact through transitions - but you should have a goal to be working towards.

Do you feel challenged each lesson, but not overwhelmed? Or are you feeling bored because you 'know this already' and the instructor isn't taking you on to the next level?

I used to write down the stuff I learnt each lesson, and my instructors were really good at giving me lots of progressive goals so that I always felt like I was achieving something.
     
    01-08-2009, 07:40 PM
  #15
Weanling
A almost mastered the trot in one year. I fully mastered the canter in a year. The reason I only almost mastered the trot is because I still have troubles getting my diagonals right. I started jumping on my second year.

You can show at any level so really you can start showing tomorrow if you wanted to. I started showing in my second year in walk/trot beginner. I'm on my third year of riding right now. Currently I do walk/trot/canter beginner and sometimes I jump small x-rails. When i'm not showing I jump medium sized verticals though, so you usually show a little under what you are learning.
     

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