Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.