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post #21 of 25 Old 10-09-2012, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Oh goodness, that's horrible. No wonder you have reservation with group lessons. So would I had I seen something that awful. You are so right in that you have to really be careful when choosing a barn. Thankfully I used to train Saddlebreds and ride in my younger days (hehe) so I knew what to look for. But I have heard stories from friends where one barn the lady was giving her lesson horses ACE to make them calmer for lessons. Scary stuff.

I think most places ask for the minimum of boots and helmets. Helmets are a must for riders under 21.
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post #22 of 25 Old 10-09-2012, 06:15 PM
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I too have had problems with group lessons. I was in a group lesson once and the trainer set up a course to jump. I was just learning to jump, so I wasn't really balanced yet. Trainer sat in the ring on a jump I wasn't jumping and told me to jump the course. I started the course and when I pointed my horse at a jump, a girl who was also riding in the lesson walked where I needed to land. Horse refused the jump, I fell off and the trainer didn't even notice because she was on Facebook on her phone. He exact words were, "well what are you doing down there?"

I've also seen people get run into and fall off in large groups. Group lessons can work sometimes, but for a very short period of time. I believe that a beginner should have private lessons to learn the basics safely and get the teacher's full attention. I also think that more advanced riders should get private lessons because they are doing more difficult things. I agree that it's good practice for shows, but I would be very very careful with group lessons. I'd really consider just private lessons because it's harder to develop bad habits this way. The first 3 years I rode, I had group lessons, and I'm really paying for it now. 5 years later and I still have to focus on fixing this or thatbecause I didn't have the specialized attention that beginners need.

On another hand- big improvement in just a year. I'm surprised that she was cantering on her 3rd lesson though. I spent 3 months at the w/t before I was allowed to canter...

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post #23 of 25 Old 10-09-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, it sounds like you all had some pretty bad trainers. Scary stuff.
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post #24 of 25 Old 10-10-2012, 12:51 AM
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Wow! She has come a long way in a year! She is really turning into a nice rider. You must be a very proud mom.
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post #25 of 25 Old 10-11-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by newhorsemom View Post
Wow! She has come a long way in a year! She is really turning into a nice rider. You must be a very proud mom.
Thanks. I am so happy she found something she really likes doing.....even if I did kind of brainwash her, lol.
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