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post #1 of 6 Old 03-28-2013, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Could you tell me more about what's being taught in this lesson?

My 11 year old daughter has been taking riding lessons for 1.5 years. She started with some trail rides / summer camp, then did a year of English in an eventing barn. Last month we changed to a Western barn.

Wow, everything is so different! I'm not sure whether it is the teaching style, or is related to the different discipline.

In her old barn the focus was at first on her seat and balance (lunge line, balance exercises). Her lessons were 30 minutes, and she mostly rode circles at trot and canter, and then did cavalletti for 15 minutes, at trot and canter.

At the new barn, it obviously started with figuring out the steering, I get that. Her instructor gives plenty of feedback, and I love that! I'm not always sure what the feedback is for, though. It seems that she needs to steer the horse much more, while in the old barn she either could steer better, or the horse just stayed at the rail better.

If you could explain to me what she's working on during the lesson, and give any other general feedback, that would be great. It seems that I only started "getting" her lessons, and now everything is so different.

This is a video of her lesson #5 at the new barn.

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First, as a rider who learned english and went to western, it is not an easy transition to go to one hand from 2. I would suggest, with any lessons your kid takes, you would be best served asking the instructor what she is teaching, rather than a bunch of strangers on the internet. We can only guess.

For all the "balance" lessons she supposedly has had, she doesn't look like a rider who should be cantering (loping) at all to me.

Do you tape every lesson? Just curious.
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First, as a rider who learned english and went to western, it is not an easy transition to go to one hand from 2. I would suggest, with any lessons your kid takes, you would be best served asking the instructor what she is teaching, rather than a bunch of strangers on the internet. We can only guess.

For all the "balance" lessons she supposedly has had, she doesn't look like a rider who should be cantering (loping) at all to me.

Do you tape every lesson? Just curious.
Yeah, I'll be talking to the instructor, of course! I just like to talk it out here at first, so that I don't sound like a total ignoramus which I am . Chatting on the internet is just a fun way for me explore different opinions and ideas.

She hasn't cantered in over 2 months--we had all kind of cancellations at the old place due to weather. She was taught cantering completely differently there too--she was supposed to start from trotting, at a corner, and in 2-point. Here her instructor wants her to canter from walking. So she finds cantering quite challenging at the new place. She only did a minute or two, literally.

Thanks for your input!

Oh, yeah, I try to tape at least something from each lesson.
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I agree, she should be trotting much more before even attempting to canter, as she still balances on her reins heavily (typical of a young, new rider) and doesn't have 100% control yet. What she was working on for most of that lesson was just maintaining the correct amount of pressure on both reins to keep her mare 'between them', so basically in laymans terms, she was learning to keep her horse going straight when she needed to go straight, and turning slightly right or left when she needed to scoot over to the wall. She was also working on keeping her mare going forewards and not sluggish, which she did improve on throughout that lesson.

If she were my student, I would put her on a lunge line to canter, not let her just sweep around without control while learning to follow the horse. She'd be doing lots of circle trot, weaving, and transition work before cantering though.
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I agree, she should be trotting much more before even attempting to canter, as she still balances on her reins heavily (typical of a young, new rider) and doesn't have 100% control yet. What she was working on for most of that lesson was just maintaining the correct amount of pressure on both reins to keep her mare 'between them', so basically in laymans terms, she was learning to keep her horse going straight when she needed to go straight, and turning slightly right or left when she needed to scoot over to the wall. She was also working on keeping her mare going forewards and not sluggish, which she did improve on throughout that lesson.

If she were my student, I would put her on a lunge line to canter, not let her just sweep around without control while learning to follow the horse. She'd be doing lots of circle trot, weaving, and transition work before cantering though.
Thanks for looking! This helps a lot. Good to hear that she improved in the lesson.

She did literally those two attempts at canter in the last minutes. The entire hour was spent on the trot and some walk.
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