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        12-02-2013, 04:55 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    If the coaches daughter is young, she's probably at the life stage where she has no clue. She's invincible, doesn't understand why other people "just don't get things", and because she probably grew up around horses and had the benefit of riding every day from a young age and learning rapidly, she doesn't understand why others don't instantly pick up on things as well.

    Aches and pains that can slow down us more mature riders? She has no idea there either.

    However, none of that is an excuse for ditching out in the middle of a lesson. That's just ignorant. Her mother really needs to call her out for that and realize that she's doing their business a huge disservice treating paying customers like that. Even when things are going well, with that sort of attitude I doubt that even a "successful" lesson is a gratifying one for most people.
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        12-02-2013, 09:22 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Glad you got that worked out. Always get a receipt, especially for cash. I just bought some tools for hubby, & when I drop off the money later today to a neighbor, I will get a receipt, as I'm taking the lesson here to heart.
         
        12-06-2013, 11:00 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Osawapilot, the daughter isn't *that* young, she is probably around 30! When I explained to her that my back injury prevents me from moving as quickly as I'd like, her response was that 'she'd had back injuries and could still do things quickly'. This is why I had talked to the mother in the first place, and still don't understand why the mother had the daughter give the lesson that day. The daughter won't understand the problems a more mature student has until she gets to that age and those aches and pains start creeping up on her, assuming that she can even still ride herself!

    When these lessons are done, I will be moving to a barn where the students are started bareback to ensure that they have the proper foundation. I think I will like that much better.
         
        12-06-2013, 11:15 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    Sorry, off topic...but...Started bareback? Hmm. I know more than a few people who would never have started riding (or quit very early after a fall) in that scenario - it's hard and the chances of falling off are exponentially higher. One fall early on with some people and they're done, especially if it's a bad one and they get hurt.

    My older sister just started taking lessons and is a very nervous rider at this point, very worried about getting hurt in a fall. If she did have one this early on I'm thinking she'd walk away from riding. Six months down the road when she has much more confidence and skill, if it happens I think she would stick with it nonetheless – however at the very beginning it would be a dealbreaker for a lot of people I'd think.
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        12-06-2013, 12:20 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Yes, I though it was an interesting concept, but she's been doing it that way for 20 plus years and it seems to work for her. Students know in advance that she will start them that way, so it probably winnows out most of the people who would be most nervous about it.

    I think I mentioned earlier that there are at least three barns in the immediate area which give lessons. I was off by about five barns! I believe there are around 8 barns within 8 minutes driving distance for me, so there's quite a few choices for students.

    I confess I hope that the school horses are short.
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