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post #11 of 17 Old 07-24-2012, 11:31 PM
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It took me 7 months of riding everyday or every other day to finally be a decent rider. How much are you paying per lesson? You could always look into half leasing a horse. Or post an ad at the local feedstore or online that your looking for cheap lessons. A lot of people I know will gladly exchange a lesson for some help around the barn.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 02:16 AM
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I think switching to group lessons sounds to be a great idea!

Private lessons can be really good, especially as you get more experienced, but in the beginning I think group lessons are good. You don't just need instruction, you need time on a horse to get used to what you're doing. Group lessons offer a great mix. You also get used to working in a group of horses, navigating around them etc. Whenever they call out corrections to riders, you can check your own heels or hands or whatever.

I rode one lesson a week for a year, and then two lessons a week for another year, and by then I could walk, trot, canter and do small jumps all reasonably well, in both arenas and out in open areas with groups. I was far from perfect, but I could get by.
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 02:48 AM
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Even a half hour once a week will mean you learn something. I mean, it's more than zero, right? But, it really depends on how passionate you feel about it. If you just want to dip your toe in and have a little fun, then the short, weekly lessons will be enough. But, once you get bitten by the riding bug, you will never rest until you have more, and more and more! Within your limits, of course.

I think the semi private one hour will make a big difference and you'llstart learning a lot faster.

Good luck. it might not always be this hard for you to get riding time. You never know what opportunities are just around the corner, out of sight for the time being.
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 06:31 AM
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When I first started riding i rode for and hour every fortnight... I was a kid so that makes it easier to learn stuff, but at first half an hour every week isn't completely pointless!

The semi private lessons deffinatly sound like a better option though as I progressed much faster with an hour every week :) I was going to suggest it might be possible to have 2 half hour lessons a week, but its not always pratical, and now you have the option for the semis, my twice weekly idea is kind of invalid! Ah well :)

Good luck, and I hope the riding bug bites you and your hooked! Its great :P

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post #15 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 07:38 AM
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I think it really depends on your ultimate goal. If you're only interested in taking lessons for the sake of being able to do trail rides and you have no intention of showing (competing), then one 30 minute a lesson a week will probably be sufficient to help you get the basics down. Obviously if you can get more time in the saddle then you'll learn things a lot quicker... but I also know people who ride A LOT and are still awful riders. So it may not necessarily be how often you ride and more of a how much you understand and can execute properly.

Regardless, I started out with one lesson a week and after a couple months realized it wasn't enough, then I did two lessons a week and now I have a lesson pretty much every other day... and guess what, it's still not enough! When the riding bug REALLY bites you, you'll do everything you can to get more time in the saddle. :)
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 07:38 AM
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The semi-private sounds great, and since you're just starting out, a jr instructor is probably fine for your needs. Going and getting some extra saddle time with your buddy's horse would also be good for you and for that horse, and if you can pick up some time riding trails with your bf sister that's even better.

It was easy for me to make resource decisions because when I got back into riding, my other hobbies weren't nearly so interesting any more. Freed up some money, which immediately got used up by the horses.
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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I just want to say that any amount of time you ride will be beneficial. I had a horse for a year when I was a child and then didn't ride again until I was an adult. I started with once-a-week 30 minute lessons, and I was able to accomplish all of the goals you set for yourself. So don't get discouraged if you are not able to devote the ideal amount of time for riding. It's harder to find time when you have all of the responsibilities of being an adult.
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