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        09-02-2010, 05:04 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Can't seem to decide on where to take lessons...

    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.

    TIA!
         
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        09-02-2010, 05:21 PM
      #2
    Showing
    I'd talk to the instructor in a "fancy" barn about your concerns and what speed you like to move on. Especially if you liked the barn AND the instructor (which is not always a combination ). In my experience nice horse does make a huge difference in lesson.

    Just wondering did you do cleaning/saddling yourself in 1st barn or the horse was already ready?
         
        09-02-2010, 05:27 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Just wondering did you do cleaning/saddling yourself in 1st barn or the horse was already ready?
    I did do the cleaning/saddling myself, sometimes the horse was already ready to go, because someone used it for a lesson before me. But I actually enjoy grooming/saddling, I feel like it gives me a chance to bond with the horse a bit before lessons.
         
        09-02-2010, 05:38 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Are they your only two optioons atm
         
        09-02-2010, 05:54 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
    are they your only two optioons atm
    For now they are my only options, there aren't many choices around and even fewer who are taking on students right now. Down the road once I'm more experienced there will be more options for me.
         
        09-02-2010, 09:58 PM
      #6
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PurpleHorse    
    I did do the cleaning/saddling myself, sometimes the horse was already ready to go, because someone used it for a lesson before me. But I actually enjoy grooming/saddling, I feel like it gives me a chance to bond with the horse a bit before lessons.
    Actually I do it before any private lesson for any instructor I worked with. I was just wondering because in this case you can go through tack piece by piece before putting it on horse just for own safety in case you decide to stay with that barn (even though it MUST be in good condition for the lessons, and broken girth sounds pretty ridiculous).
         
        09-03-2010, 11:49 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I was just wondering because in this case you can go through tack piece by piece before putting it on horse just for own safety in case you decide to stay with that barn (even though it MUST be in good condition for the lessons, and broken girth sounds pretty ridiculous).
    The people working there were really shocked that the leather broke on the girth. But I admit, I've just put the tack on, I didn't give it a thorough check. If I decide to go there, I'll start doing that even if it's already on.

    Thanks!
         
        09-07-2010, 01:52 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    I ride at a lesson barn, and some days I don't get to groom and tack(those days make me sad) because the horse I'm riding was used in a lesson before (all beginner, so the lesson before me is a walk and a little bit of trot. My lesson is mostly trot, I haven't pushed back into to the canter again because I couldn't ride for 7 weeks and am regaining my seat). So before I get on I check the bridal(make sure it's not to tight or to loose) and I always check the girth. I am a bigger rider, and if a small 110 person soaking wet has the horse before me, the girth tends to be loose becasue there weight won't move it. If I stepped in the stirrup, the saddle would flip around. I have learned the hard way, to always check tack.

    On to your situation. If you want, develop your seat at the first barn, then when your more advanced, switch to the second one. Even though I would go look for a barn that suits your needs better
         
        09-07-2010, 06:42 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Personally, I like the second barn. Unsafe tack makes for unsafe lessons. When I take group lessons where I take jumping lessons, the instructor does more of a "one on one" at certain times. For example, everybody does walk and trot together, but we canter individually. Jumping is also individually, of course. I really like it though, but it might just be me.
         

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