Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Washington DC area
• Horses: 0
is 30 min once a week enough for a new rider?
I am a very new rider (physically active, 37) and my budget allows for 30 minute lessons once a week. I quickly realized that at first you cannot make a horse go like a car despite what it looks like when you see riders in the movies, so now I know I have to learn to speak horse before the horse will move as I am asking it. Fair enough, I have a lot to learn and a long way to go.
That said, I can spend all week long reading about horses and watching videos and asking questions in between lessons, but with only 30 minutes of practice once a week I am not sure if that is enough time to become a decent rider. My goals for the beginning is to get to the point where I can get the horse to stay on track, make circles that are actually circles, and also trot and post confidently.
I am mostly looking for reassurance that 30 minutes a week is going to be enough time. I am not looking for anything fancy or advanced right away, just control of the horse so I can safely do trail rides with my bf's sister's horses.
Yesterday I asked a question about posting but after thinking about it overnight, I realize I need to have better control of the horse before I worry about posting so I am going to come back to that skill later.