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        02-17-2008, 10:42 PM
    How many people are in a lesson? How big is the space? If there isn't much room for you guys, it sounds the exact opposite of safe... I mean, not even enough room to circle? NOT SAFE. What if one horse spooked?
    Holy crow I'm riled up about this one! I've never heard of such ... you know what. I would move stables, that one sounds... special... No offence meant, but it doesn't sound safe.
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        02-17-2008, 11:00 PM
    Umm well it is like the only stable around. =( The barn is big, but only the very edge is used. There is enough room to circle, but then the other rider would have to pass you and they do not want them to pass you up. I hate it. = 9
        02-17-2008, 11:16 PM
    I wouldn't be able to ride like that. I don't mean to sound harsh, but I just couldn't imagine...
        02-18-2008, 05:25 AM
    So...they do not allow riders to circle or pass each other... Do you all just ride nose-to-tail? No wonder your faster lesson horse breaks gait down to a walk! Otherwise he'll run into the horse in front of him!

    If it is the only stable around, where do you plan to keep your horse when you get him/her?

    Would it be possible to take private lessons at this stable? Then you'd have the arena to yourself and you could actually work with the horse, not just play "follow the leader."
        02-18-2008, 05:43 AM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
    Vida had the right idea for the slow horse, and actually the same goes for the fast horse, just the opposite way around. When you're riding, you should be able to control the horse (speed as well as turning) without using your hands at all, so really deepen your seat and think slow with your body and aids. Do NOT rely on your hands to slow the horse down. Another thing is to circle the horse whenever he gets too fast, and keep circling until he drops down to the speed you want.
    I'll post more later... my brain's not with me right now..
    Wow I was right? Not bad for self taught
        02-18-2008, 09:06 AM
    Well, private lessons are 60.00 for like 20 minutes of riding, so yeah. =( We can pass, but only if we get really close, or something. There are only 3 people in a lesson, not like 8+ It is not as bad as it sounds.

    I'll keep my horse at a private stables, but I just found out there may ba this one place to ride for free (a friends) with better riding and stuff. All the places to board around here don't really give lessons. :(

    Btw, we can not 1. Saddle the horses 2. Mount without a mounting block (usually) 3. Bother a horse in its enviroment at ALL. 4. Give treats 5. Brush the tail 6. Pick out their feet 7. Go into stalls

    It is so strict b/c the little kids could get kicked. You only have to be 3 years old, which is too yearly to ride with the bigger, older students. I think they shuld have a day just for older students, maybe 11+
        02-18-2008, 12:21 PM
    Wow, that is strict! I used to teach a 3 year old in a private lesson setting, and it was so much fun! We spent 99% of the time walking though, her little head couldn't handle trotting! Anyways, the first thing I did with her was teach her how to handle herself around the pony - this included how to be safe picking out feet, saddling, riding, and giving treats. I still had to keep my eye on her and help her a ton, but she was taught how to do things properly right off the bat.
    I would maybe talk to the manager of your barn and suggest an "older kids day" of sorts... it just seems rediculous how strict they are!!

    And Vida, that's awesome for being self-taught!! I took regular lessons (at least 1 per week) from the time I was 4 1/2 to around 18...
        02-18-2008, 06:23 PM
    There is a big difference between learning dressage and knowing how to trail ride which is what I do. I don't have to know near as much
    It may be an insurance rule as far as what they can do with a horse. I can see reasons for all of their rules when small children are concerned. If they have large numbers of children around and not enough eyes to keep track of them all, its best to have rules like that for safety and liabilities sake.
        02-18-2008, 08:36 PM
    I totally understand not wanting to take private lessons for $60/20 mins!

    The rules of using a mounting block (prevents unnecessary strain on horses' backs) and not brushing the tails (daily brushing=broken hairs) make sense to me.

    But the others are all necessary things to learn to do with horses!

    Every place where I've taken lessons has required an "evaluation" lesson first. At this lesson, I would show that I could groom, tack up, and at some barns even warm-up on my own, safely. If I didn't safely "pass" the evaluation lesson, then I'd be required to not start any of these activities in the future until the time of my lessons with my instructor. If I did "pass," then I was allowed to come to my lesson early to tack up and then the the entire time of my lesson would be spent riding.

    It sounds like you're kind of stuck in this situation with no other lesson barns around. When do you plan on getting your own horse? If it's soon, you may consider starting to look for a trainer who will come to your barn to work with the two of you. Or try to find an experienced rider (your friend maybe?) who would give you lessons on your horse for a lower fee than a professional.

    I'm sure once you get your own horse and get to experience ALL the perks of horses, you'll be much happier!
        02-18-2008, 09:34 PM
    Yeah, it is insurance. I have been to places where you can do everything, but this is just not one of those places. *shrug*

    My ride went pretty good, and the rocking worked. (I rdoe the slow one) I may be upgraded to another horse, so I can ride 3. Squeee!

    I am planning on looking for horses after tax season. I am so looking forward to it, *sigh*

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