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post #11 of 27 Old 11-12-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum. I agree that since lessons are really expensive, take some time and observe some lessons first to see which instructor you like the best. YOu can even learn some basic information by just watching for awhile. Then when you do get there and get in the saddle, you may know a little of what the instructor is talking about. It's really important that the instructor is easy to understnad and very positive in their outlook. So, observe several before deciding.

We hope you will share aobut how it goes when the time comes.
Just saw your reply

I will meet the instructor first, and If Im not to sure about the way she does things, I will search for a new barn. I am so excited to watch lessons, I have been watching them on youtube.
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post #12 of 27 Old 11-12-2011, 08:02 PM
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No instructor expects new people to know a whole lot. What I encourage you to do is try to learn ALL about horses. Not just how to ride them, but how to care for them, groom them, clean the tack you use. Let your instructor know you want to learn to be a horsewoman, not just a rider.

Show up early and help get the horse ready. Watch and learn how to groom, clean out the feet, tack up the horse. When you are done, don't just hand the horse over, help/observe untacking the horse, rubbing the horse down and offer to wipe down the saddle, bridle and bit.

Become a sponge and watch everything. Ask the trainer if you can help around on the weekends. You will be surprised how much more you will learn if you have the right attitude. I LOVE it when a student wants to learn and will go out of my way to find experiences for them.
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No instructor expects new people to know a whole lot. What I encourage you to do is try to learn ALL about horses. Not just how to ride them, but how to care for them, groom them, clean the tack you use. Let your instructor know you want to learn to be a horsewoman, not just a rider.

Show up early and help get the horse ready. Watch and learn how to groom, clean out the feet, tack up the horse. When you are done, don't just hand the horse over, help/observe untacking the horse, rubbing the horse down and offer to wipe down the saddle, bridle and bit.

Become a sponge and watch everything. Ask the trainer if you can help around on the weekends. You will be surprised how much more you will learn if you have the right attitude. I LOVE it when a student wants to learn and will go out of my way to find experiences for them.
Sounds like a great idea I guess I have some research to do.. Thanks!
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jinxremoving: What kind of questions should I ask? Im REALLY new at this..
As for goals and such..Im not to sure, I would like to jump, and try a few shows. Pole bend, Barrel racing and dressage? Uhmm... ? I don't know what that is
Read this first:

Horseback Riding Styles - Differences Between Western and English Riding Styles

It explains the differences between western and english riding, but if you're looking to jump and do some showing then that would be english. When you have the basics down, you can often go between english and western but most people usually stick with one.

Some questions to ask:

- Do they offer group or private lessons?
- If you take group lessons, ask how many other people will be in a lesson.
- Are the instructors certified? What about first aid certification?
- How many students at the barn? (A busy barn is a good sign, IMO.)
- A lot of experience working with total beginners?
- Horses or ponies that will match your size. (You do not want a bad match!)

Some things to observe around the barn:

- Is the tack room organized? Everything neat and labeled?
- How do the aisles look? Exceptionally dirty? Any hazards around?
- Do the horses look happy? Ask to approach a few, see if they seem friendly.
- If there are other riders around, do they seem nice? Maybe even say hi?

Some things to observe during a lesson:

- Everyone wearing a helmet?
- Instructor paying attention? (Not looking at phone over and over...)
- Instructor speaking in a clear tone that you can hear?
- Instructor communicating with ALL riders if a group lesson.
- Do the riders look like they are having fun?

I'm sure others on this forum will have plenty of other things to suggest!
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Ok, so heres the deal...

Groups lessons are set on similar abilities and as close to age as possible. And the usual group is 3 people. There are 42 horses at the barn,and there are compititions so it can be busy, but mostly on rainy evenings.

And I asked if I would be riding a pony or horse, and it it were based on size , and she said: it would depend on what size and horse fits my abilities.

She has helmets, so I would only need pants and boots with a heel. But I was wondering if the boot I have in the pic would work? And if I stick with it she will recommend special equiptnment. (Sorry, I can't spell! )

The group lesson is an hour, which is $40. And the private lessons are $50 for about 45 or 50 mins. But, some times the horse may have a lesson before you and is already tacked up so we could get striaght to riding.

And...she also said:

When I know how to tack up and she gets to know me, I can come early and start to tack up, then ride for a whole hour, and untack.
What do you all think? Should I go for it?
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How big is the heel on those boots? It's kind of hard to tell, but if it's at least 1/2 an inch then that would be acceptable. You don't want anything less otherwise your feet can get stuck in the stirrups and bad things will happen should you fall. :)

If you can afford breeches, definitely get yourself a pair. I wouldn't wear jogging pants as I've heard people say they are too slippery on a saddle. Loose fitting jeans would be the best option next to breeches. Make sure you can lift your feet up high and comfortably (as if you're mounting the horse) in the pants. You don't want your legs to be restricted in any way.

The rest of her answers sounds like a typical barn. If you have a friend already riding there, and she can vouch for the instructors then I'd give it a shot. Just make sure to breathe normally, new riders often forget to do that while mounted and you don't want to be tensed up... and have fun and ask lots of questions! :)
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How big is the heel on those boots? It's kind of hard to tell, but if it's at least 1/2 an inch then that would be acceptable. You don't want anything less otherwise your feet can get stuck in the stirrups and bad things will happen should you fall. :)

If you can afford breeches, definitely get yourself a pair. I wouldn't wear jogging pants as I've heard people say they are too slippery on a saddle. Loose fitting jeans would be the best option next to breeches. Make sure you can lift your feet up high and comfortably (as if you're mounting the horse) in the pants. You don't want your legs to be restricted in any way.

The rest of her answers sounds like a typical barn. If you have a friend already riding there, and she can vouch for the instructors then I'd give it a shot. Just make sure to breathe normally, new riders often forget to do that while mounted and you don't want to be tensed up... and have fun and ask lots of questions! :)
I've gotten a better picture for you!

I don't have any friends who ride. But I can ask my second cousin sone questions, she goes there alot.
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Those boots will be fine. You can find breeches that are quite inexpensive and they will have either knee patches or a full seat that will be made of a grippy material. Very helpful.

What size breeches/pants do you wear?
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Sounds like you're on you way! Congratulations! Make sure to keep asking questions- just because you're getting lessons from one instructor doesn't mean you should just sit down and shut up. Keeping your eyes, ears, and mind open will help a lot. I do recommend that you consider taking private lessons from time to time- that one on one focus with your instructor (assuming you and she get along well and your learning/teaching styles match) can be a great push to help work on any big or little issues that have come up that you might not be able or want to bring up in a group environment.
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Those boots will be fine. You can find breeches that are quite inexpensive and they will have either knee patches or a full seat that will be made of a grippy material. Very helpful.

What size breeches/pants do you wear?

Thanks for letting me know about the boots!
I would LOVE to get some breeches, but im not sure as of where to look.

Thank you so much! This has turned out to be very helpful!
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