I was having some semi private lessons with my friend because the yard we go to didn't have a suitable group for us. They were either to young and inexperienced, or young and too experienced, or too old and far too good for us...
So we had semi private lessons once per week. But this is only a half hour lesson... so 20 minutes of learning really. Then my friend lost her job and the lessons went from once per week, to once per fortnight, and now once per month. (yikes)
I ride 2 ponies once per week. I do yard duties in return for rides. One I just hack and the other I school or hack (Depends how I feel :p) I only consider myself a novice (maybe higher level novice), but since dropping regular riding lessons, I feel my riding has deteriorated SO fast. The past couple of months my stirrups are flapping around my feet in the canter, when before they used to be fine.
I saw a flyer at the yard today saying they were introducing a new group lesson for older teens/adults on a Tuesday evening. It said it was suitable for riders who can rise to the trot and are learning to canter, but I spoke to my instructor and she agreed that considering how much my riding level has dropped the past few months, it may be worth me going back to basics and building my skills up slowly again. I have the two lovely ponies I can practice my new learned skills on as well.
Honestly, I can already trot, canter, hold 2 point, jump 2 foot fences, do circles, serpentines, leg yielding etc. But I don't think I do any of these things with much control. I've been told I have a good, quiet seat and look tidy in myself, but I have a hard time keeping the horse from cutting corners, and haven't had a smooth trot to canter transition in months.
I think these new lessons will really help me. I know I will probably be one of the better riders in the group to start with, but the instructors are so fantastic I'm sure we will all be at a similar level within a few months :)
I can't wait! What do you think?