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post #1 of 16 Old 02-20-2012, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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thinking about switching to english

hi! sorry if this is long but i really want to learn some stuff.
first, im 17 years old and have been trail riding w western saddle for about 7 years. i have never taken ANY kind of lesson in my life, never even met a riding instructer(sp).
i have always wanted to learn english but it always seemed like a fantasy to me when i was younger, now im older and realizing its not impossible.
it would not be anytime soon, maybe in the next year or two, hopfully. im going start learning as much as possible in the mean time while im saving money for it.
im almost positive there is a lesson barn..(is that what you call it?) about an hours drive from here, i really want this so i would actually go that far lol, but im kind of worried that sence its the only barn i know about anywhere near here that they might not care about it and be like, get on and ride, okay now go jump or somthing.
but anyhoo, what is a ushual price for lessons? i realize every barn will be diffrent but just want an idea. also just tell me anything you think i will need to know... thats alot though...
im going to try to find a website for that barn if i can remember the name...
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-20-2012, 07:16 AM
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Depends on private vs group. I found private lessons to be very helpful, and group lessons to be waste of money for me (other people may have different opinion). In my area group lessons are somewhere in $30 - 45 range, while privates are $50 - 75.

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post #3 of 16 Old 02-20-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! thats cheaper than i thought. i will definately want private lessons, atleast for the first year.
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post #4 of 16 Old 02-20-2012, 05:00 PM
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Wow Val that's a bit pricier than here. Private lessons usually run in the 35-40 range in my area and 20-30 for group.

I think group lessons do have their advantages as long as it's not a huge group. 2-3 people is nice because you still get individual attention, but you also learn how to navigate with other horses in the ring, which is helpful if you go on to show). But it's definitely a good idea to do private ones to start with, and a lot of barns I've ridden at will actually require you to do private lessons for at least the first couple of times you ride there before turning you loose with other people.
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post #5 of 16 Old 02-20-2012, 09:27 PM
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You may want to see if there is a local English 4-H riding club (or even pony club) in your area. That's how I was able to learn how to ride when my parents didn't want to pay for lessons and I was paying all my other lease horse bills so $ was tight. It would give you a really a good idea if you like any English discipline and would give you connections to trainers & riding buddies. Some student trainers are really cheap & sometimes a lot more fun than hardcore experienced trainers, so that's something to think about for in your early training as well.

Personally I don't think there's any better feeling than when you & your horse are soaring over a fence. Best wishes!
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The price of my lessons are 40$ for an hour. Most places will make you wait to jump for several months to a year. English riding is much more, well...picky than western. You have to have good posture and a great, still leg. Equestrian Centers(thats what they are called) usually put you in a group lesson and you usually ride with 2-3 people. If you want to show in hunters and jumpers the schooling show(what you start out in) usually cost 300-400$. (yah they are expensive) If you are showing a school horse then you would show in the academy division. That way you aren't competeing against 100,000$ horses... I personally love English and very rarely ride western. Hope you have the best of luck!
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My lessons are $10.50 apiece. But in the metro area, they can be $30 to $40 dollars or up.

I'd go visit the barn first to make sure there's no shenanigans going on and to see if you'd like to ride there. Do the horses look happy? Are they well taken care of? Are people wearing helmets? Ask some students how they feel about the lessons. Watch a lesson and see if you would like the teaching style.

If all is good...go for it!

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post #8 of 16 Old 06-18-2012, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Corazon Lock View Post
My lessons are $10.50 apiece. But in the metro area, they can be $30 to $40 dollars or up.

I'd go visit the barn first to make sure there's no shenanigans going on and to see if you'd like to ride there. Do the horses look happy? Are they well taken care of? Are people wearing helmets? Ask some students how they feel about the lessons. Watch a lesson and see if you would like the teaching style.

If all is good...go for it!
Definitely watch a lesson and check out the place, and be open to switching. My daughter started at a barn that looked absolutely beautiful, but when I got to know the owner a little better, we were out of there. Right now her barn is not as fancy, but the horses are happier, safety standards are higher, and the level of instruction is higher as well.

FWITW, I didn't choose the first barn because it was "pretty" but because it was 20 minutes from us. Now we drive for 1 hour, and everything is dirtier, grayer, more seemingly decrepit, but it is worth it.

Good luck!
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-18-2012, 09:39 PM
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shandasue, kitten_Val is near you (and so am I) - those prices are pretty accurate.

You will likely have to relearn a lot switching from English. My riding background was like yours :) I had to learn English position. You won't be tossed at jumps, but since you do have riding experience, you will probably progress faster than someone who has never been on a horse before. Just be open and honest with your trainer, and don't let yourself get pushed too far into scary stuff.

Check the Equiery (The Equiery – News & Views) which is our region's horsey magazine. It has lots of barns that offer lessons and events you can attend.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-22-2012, 11:14 AM
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How long are everyone's lessons? (No one seems to be mentioning that.) Mine are $45 for a half hour private, one on one, lesson with my amazing instructor. She takes her time to work with me, and also lets me have a bi of a slower break if I would like to have one.
I just switched from Western to English, and I think you'll love it. I actually feel more secure in an english saddle, and I think it's because of the english riding position. Have fun!

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