I'm having troubles deciding on where I should take riding lessons at and was looking for some feedback about my choices.
I've had a few lessons at the first stable and the price was good, I like the instructor and they really stress a good seat before cantering or jumping - which I really like. Plus it's really close to home, which is great. The downside is most of the school horses are a little on the 'smaller/slow' side and the tack is really used and old and I've had a girth break ok me
. I have to admit it's not the cleanest place - you don't really have to worry about grooming before tacking up. When in group lessons, you keep riding and the instructor helps everyone.
Their is another barn I visited and watched a few lessons at. The instructor was really nice and had a good teaching style. The barn was amazing! Super clean with amazing horses and great tack. The price was a little bit higher for lessons and it's a bit further from home. The downside is that they get you jumping and cantering REALLY fast. I saw someone who was really green and he asked if he could jump and she set him up on jumps, when I could see he didn't have a very good seat. Plus in group lessons the instructor does more of a 'one at a time' type lesson, so when it's not your turn you just stand and wait.
I'm admit I'm feeling drawn to the 'fancy' barn because it was so nice and the horses were so nice and the tack was amazing. But then another part of me says that I shouldn't be drawn to the 'flashy' barn I should go somewhere that I know will help me build a strong foundation for riding...Argh, so hard to decide
Or do I keep trying to find somewhere else to ride, I can find places, but most of them are a bit far from my house.