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    12-24-2011, 06:49 PM
  #11
Green Broke
It looks like a nice stable and yet, it does look like the trainer is primarily H/J. I know it says she competes in dressage, but I find it odd that it says Intermediate/Advanced dressage. Maybe the levels are called something different there but I am familiar with Intro, Training level, then Levels 1,2,3, etc. Not beg, intermediate, advanced? I'm confused. But you are in a different country, so... I would ask other people what they think.

I also think you or your mom, or maybe both of you need to get an appointment with the trainer and have a SERIOUS talk about what your, and your mom's expectations are and where you want to go with your riding. Find out from the trainer her reasoning for having you where she does (maybe she wants to build your confidence a little more first or something) and then come up with a plan together that satisfies you. Or, if the trainer doesn't want to go the direction you want to go in, then maybe it's time to move on.

In my experience there are some WONDERFUL trainers out there. But, some of those trainers only get you so far, and then you need to move on. Sort of like the rungs of a ladder. While one is fine and dandy and does the job for that step, you can't move on until you step up a little more to another one.
     
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    12-24-2011, 06:53 PM
  #12
Showing
Vergo, if you were ever put on horse that bucked under you if you did something wrong, changing the place/trainer is clearly the way to go. Did you look into other barns in area? And did you take private or group lessons?

I have 2 horses of my own, however I'm taking jumping lessons at the moment on the lesson horses. While they are not as light and responsive as my own mares they know their job packing and teaching a beginner in jumping (me ). And believe it or not I'm learning. So I want to repeat one thing: if you don't progress and don't feel confident, change the trainer.

Good luck!
     
    12-24-2011, 09:22 PM
  #13
Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I would really like to lease a horse, but I always thought that people offering their horse want experienced riders. Leasing a horse would be good because I wouldn't keep having to change horses every week, and I could get to know them. When I go to lessons, I never know if I'll be put on a good, forgiving horse or one that bucks when my legs go in the wrong place.

This is the stables that I go to: About Us | General

I think my mum also doesn't know what to do. This stables are nice and care about their horses, more than the other stables that I used to go to anyway, but I'm not learning anything. I hate to admit it, but I haven't actually missed my lessons that much. I feel like I'm not missing out on learning anything.

I would love to leave my lessons having 5 things to work on, I don't think that has ever happened to me yet. I always get told that I'm still working on my canter.

I'll keep an eye out for suitable leases and I'll start looking for somewhere that I could take lessons other than the place I'm at. My mum agrees that I probably should move, but she doesn't think that there is anywhere else that we could go.
There's always other options. And nooo horses for lease are for lease because they need exercise. Some are SUITABLE for experienced riders, but some are safe for beginners (so long as you have a good trainer!!)

Well a lot of things go into the canter, so there COULD be 3 things to work on but they aren't spelled out by your trainer (another sign you should switch..)

British Dressage might help you find a good trainer, and you may luck out and find a good barn.

Here's a site for British loans (leases)
Horses For Loan in UK - Equine Adverts

I hope that helps!! I used to live in Suffolk but that was ages ago so I can't be any more helpful.

I hope it happens for you :)!
     
    12-25-2011, 06:54 AM
  #14
Foal
I think a while ago when my mum was watching my lesson, the stable owner talked to my mum for ages and talked about how the group I was in wasn't right for me and how I would do better with people a similar age. She never did anything about it though.

The problem with talking to my instructor is that there are three people that teach me. The stable owner, and the two people that work there. I never know who is going to be teaching my lesson and if I talk to one of them, the other two might not know what I told them.

I'm not sure about what the dressage levels are called here.

Is it not that normal for horses to buck/kick out often then? I suppose I just get used to it, and I'm always told it is because of where my leg is. The was one horse, Nelly, who bit me when I was tacking up, when I was brushing her I couldn't push down hard because she was sensitive and when I got on her she kept spinning round so people had to give her food to make her stand still. She bucked me off when I was trotting, but I haven't been on her again.

I don't think there are three things to work on with my cantering, the only thing that I get told to work on it to keep my leg forward.
I really like the idea of a lease, I'll defiantly keep looking for one! Thanks for the websites, I'll look at them now :)
     
    12-25-2011, 09:49 AM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    

Is it not that normal for horses to buck/kick out often then? I suppose I just get used to it, and I'm always told it is because of where my leg is. The was one horse, Nelly, who bit me when I was tacking up, when I was brushing her I couldn't push down hard because she was sensitive and when I got on her she kept spinning round so people had to give her food to make her stand still. She bucked me off when I was trotting, but I haven't been on her again.

I don't think there are three things to work on with my cantering, the only thing that I get told to work on it to keep my leg forward.
I really like the idea of a lease, I'll defiantly keep looking for one! Thanks for the websites, I'll look at them now :)
You're welcome. I would NEVER put anyone on a horse known for bucking if they're learning how to ride! Even seasoned riders.. not okay!

I hope that you find a good lease :)
     
    12-25-2011, 01:01 PM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
Is it not that normal for horses to buck/kick out often then? I suppose I just get used to it, and I'm always told it is because of where my leg is.
Vergo, sorry to be rude, but I think it's a total BS that the lesson horse kicks/bucks with the beginner on. Now, yes, things DO happen of course (it's a live animal with the mind of its own), but I never ever seen beginner lesson horses to do that at the lessons (they may refuse to speed up or to turn, yeah, that happens, but not bucking). All places I've been to select lesson horses very carefully. Disposition and being a beginner-friendly are very important factors they look at. I'd run from that place and look for the different one.

Also in every place I went to (I've been in 4 different lesson barns) there is always the same instructor for the same class. Now, yes, they can have days off and all so someone else is teaching in exchange, but in general there is only one and you can choose the class you like.
     
    12-25-2011, 01:07 PM
  #17
Banned
I thought from the beginning that someone has been taken advantage of.

Some people just see dollar signs when some people walk in. And that is not to say the OP is naive but she is ignorant on what she should be getting for her dollar.
     
    12-25-2011, 05:14 PM
  #18
Foal
I talked to my mum about the stables and she agreed that we need to talk to the stable owner, so she will do that next lesson (if she is about).

In the meantime I have been looking for other stables near by, and I fould this one: White Gates Stables, Livery Yard and Riding School - Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire
What do you think?
     
    12-25-2011, 05:26 PM
  #19
Showing
The part under riding school is fantastic. You can see their top priority is helping you to IMPROVE and UNDERSTAND how to ride.

But it's a website, you'll have to go check out the real deal.

Definitely a nice enough facility to ride at.
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    12-25-2011, 05:54 PM
  #20
Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
In the meantime I have been looking for other stables near by, and I fould this one: White Gates Stables, Livery Yard and Riding School - Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire
What do you think?
I'd suggest to go and seat/watch couple lessons before you make your decision. But it does look nice, and I liked the list in "Riding Lessons". :)
     

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