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post #41 of 59 Old 10-20-2011, 03:01 PM
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I prefer private lessons and would not take a group lesson unless it was a clinic. If I was looking for an instructor they would have to offer private lessons. Just an honest opinion.
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post #42 of 59 Old 10-20-2011, 03:15 PM
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In a group lesson, you learn how to correct yourself.
Especially when you don't even know you do something wrong.

Well... May be some people always know when they do things wrong. I don't.

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post #43 of 59 Old 10-20-2011, 03:51 PM
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Ok, kitten_val, I get what you're saying, but my point still stands! I mean, if someone's hunching forward dramatically and their heels are slipping way up and they nearly fall off a horse that picks up a smooth trot when they asked for a trot (bad example I know), that should probably give them a pretty good hint they're doing something wrong. I understand that for higher level riders they will probably need more help from an instructor to pick out the smaller things, but at a certain point you should be able to tell when you're say, on the wrong diagonal and fix it.
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post #44 of 59 Old 10-20-2011, 09:05 PM
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Ok, kitten_val, I get what you're saying, but my point still stands! I mean, if someone's hunching forward dramatically and their heels are slipping way up and they nearly fall off a horse that picks up a smooth trot when they asked for a trot (bad example I know), that should probably give them a pretty good hint they're doing something wrong. I understand that for higher level riders they will probably need more help from an instructor to pick out the smaller things, but at a certain point you should be able to tell when you're say, on the wrong diagonal and fix it.
I'm not arguing at all. Lol! I think ANY type of lesson with the good instructor is much much better than no lessons at all. And I don't think you don't progress with the group lessons - you do. I also see the point that group lessons are usually cheaper and not everyone can afford private ones (totally understandable). I think the difference here (as you correctly pointed out) when you go more advanced you indeed look more for those tiny things to correct, and that's where private lessons are more handy.

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post #45 of 59 Old 10-20-2011, 09:28 PM
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Private. I never get the attention I need in group lessons.

Jumping group lessons make me mad. You do the course once or twice, then sit and wait for everyone else to go. NOT COOL.
See, I actually like jumping with other riders. I do my course, then have a quick chat with my trainer about the main issues and have a couple minutes to ponder what I need to do to fix it/catch my breath/reorganize myself. Also, I love watching the other riders jump and seeing their faults and how my trainer is having THEM fix it, y'know? I kind of get another chance to see how certain jumps can be ridden and how to handle certain situations.

But again, I'm talking about having 2 other girls (MAYBE 3) go because there are only 3-4 of us in the lesson.

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post #46 of 59 Old 10-22-2011, 01:35 PM
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I still take both private and group lessons, but I prefer private. I enjoy the attention of my instructor solely on my horse and I. The moment we have an issue, or I'm doing something wrong, she sees it and tells me how to correct it. It's also nice to be able to work specifically on what I need work on and not have to worry about what everyone else in the group needs help with.

I like group lessons more for my horse than me. It's good practice for him for at the shows to be ridden with a bunch of different horses. I ride on a show team where all 10 of us have a lesson together. It's a lot of fun, but it can get chaotic. Lol

You get something different out of both.

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post #47 of 59 Old 10-22-2011, 07:06 PM
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private private private :) xx
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post #48 of 59 Old 10-22-2011, 07:52 PM
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I prefer private lessons or semi-private lessons (with my husband). Group lessons are fine to get your horse accustomed to being with other horses, passing & obeying rules while riding with others.
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post #49 of 59 Old 10-22-2011, 07:55 PM
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I would love to take all private lessons, but it's more cost-effective to take group lessons.
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post #50 of 59 Old 10-22-2011, 08:44 PM
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PRIVATE. I can't get away with anything in them :( Which is good! Because I'm not trying to cheat myself out of an education. In groups, I feel like I can sneak things by the instructor, and I'm not as confident I'm doing things correctly.

Actually, I'm really surprised anyone would do groups with 5+ riders! There is no way an instructor can keep track of 5 personal needs all at the same time and have enough lesson time to address all 5 people.

I did enjoy having "groups" when I first started jumping. It was just me and one other person. We mainly just worked on certain combinations and tests, so sitting/watching time was minimal. Me and the other girl actually had very similar riding issues, so I learned a lot from watching her as well. The instructor was great about making sure we were both getting things before moving on. When I moved on to privates is when we started jumping full courses. I don't want to sit there for 10 minutes watching the other's course when I can be riding during that time.
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