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    09-20-2008, 11:26 AM
  #1
Yearling
Getting the most out of group lessons

Okay, I'm looking for some advice from you guys!

I've been riding since June, with private, half-hour lessons once or twice a week. I've ridden a variety of horses, though all are calm and gentle, and always ask lots of questions so I've a pretty good theoretical knowledge. I like to know the why and how of what I'm doing. I'm not an intermediate rider yet but I'm not a total beginner.

Having private lessons has been great: I really like the one-on-one attention and get so much done each lesson. My instructor is able to nip bad habits in the bud and so I have a quiet seat and pretty good position, and soft hands. However, I'm still at the point where there are lots of things I'm learning/improving on where I really benefit from the focus my instructor has on me.

I'm off to uni next week and hopefully my student union's riding club will be able to hook me up with lifts to a local stable and weekly group lessons. In a group lesson, the instructor won't be able to do things like observe how well I sit the canter and offer suggestions for improving it - they've just got too much going on. I'm really, really going to miss that because it helps me progress so much faster.

So what can I do to continue to get the most out of my lessons? I'm guessing the best way would be to have my own private agenda for what I need to be working on within the lesson, whether it's a trot-walk transitions or freeing up my lower leg in the canter. The hard part would be knowing what I need to work on ...

Do you guys have any suggestions for things I can do to get the most out of a group lesson?
     
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    09-20-2008, 12:26 PM
  #2
Foal
Re: Getting the most out of group lessons

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Originally Posted by claireauriga
Okay, I'm looking for some advice from you guys!

I've been riding since June, with private, half-hour lessons once or twice a week. I've ridden a variety of horses, though all are calm and gentle, and always ask lots of questions so I've a pretty good theoretical knowledge. I like to know the why and how of what I'm doing. I'm not an intermediate rider yet but I'm not a total beginner.

Having private lessons has been great: I really like the one-on-one attention and get so much done each lesson. My instructor is able to nip bad habits in the bud and so I have a quiet seat and pretty good position, and soft hands. However, I'm still at the point where there are lots of things I'm learning/improving on where I really benefit from the focus my instructor has on me.

I'm off to uni next week and hopefully my student union's riding club will be able to hook me up with lifts to a local stable and weekly group lessons. In a group lesson, the instructor won't be able to do things like observe how well I sit the canter and offer suggestions for improving it - they've just got too much going on. I'm really, really going to miss that because it helps me progress so much faster.

So what can I do to continue to get the most out of my lessons? I'm guessing the best way would be to have my own private agenda for what I need to be working on within the lesson, whether it's a trot-walk transitions or freeing up my lower leg in the canter. The hard part would be knowing what I need to work on ...

Do you guys have any suggestions for things I can do to get the most out of a group lesson?
It's alittle different but group lessons are a ton of fun. My instructor always makes time for everyone. I would say just talk to the trainer in advance and ask if he/she could tell you if you are improving. Hope I helped!
     
    09-20-2008, 10:32 PM
  #3
Weanling
Well from my experience with workin in groups, its was fun but I personally prefer private lessons. It can be alittle frustratin though to work with kids that are beginners and don't know much, and I am at a different level and would like to improve and work up to a more advanced level.
     
    09-20-2008, 11:42 PM
  #4
Showing
I used to always be in group lessons but went over to private lessons. I think the last group lesson I had was probably 4-5 years ago. I actuallly prefer group lessons myself. I don't know that there is really anything different you can do take in more in a group lesson than a private. Just have fun! You will see very quickly which one your prefer more.
     
    09-21-2008, 06:34 AM
  #5
Yearling
The problem is that I will only have the option of group lessons while at uni. Private lessons have been awfully expensive this summer but I've stuck with them because I wanted to get as much in before I went into a group situation.

The way Cardiff Uni does it at my stables, which will I imagine be similar to how Bath Uni does it, is that they group all the students according to ability for lessons. So I would be learning with other students, hopefully of a similar ability. There'll be an assessment at the stables to help sort things out and I plan on riding as well as I can there - I'm also going to get my instructors here in Wales to tell me what to say to the people there about my abilities :)

Myboydoc - I think I'll have to try and have a good talk with the instructor. Here at home I'm beginning to learn which horses are good for what so if I was in a group here I'd be able to tailor the horse to what I wanted to get out of the lesson. I won't know the horses down in Bath!

Lessons won't start until October 22nd, so I might see if I can book a private lesson at home for the weekend before my birthday, when I plan on coming home xD My birthday's the 14th ...
     
    09-21-2008, 09:40 AM
  #6
Foal
Yeah that can be hard. I don't get to choose between group or private it's just whatevers open but I would say just talk to the instructor and tell them how you feel about group lessons and he/she might compromise. Let us know how it turns out.
     
    09-24-2008, 08:43 PM
  #7
Foal
I Usually Take Private lessons but before a show us girls from the barn take our lessons together and our trainer doesn't allow over 4 riders, And my advice would be to ask her before you go into a canter or trot etc tell her I've been working on my seat or ...., how does it look to you? And then you can go into whatever you need to do etc



Hope this helps = }
     
    10-08-2008, 07:15 PM
  #8
Zab
Yearling
How much you get out of it depends so much on the teacher/trainer..

I've had group lessons (15 or so people) that was tons of fun and where I learnt stuff like keeping an eye on other riders and horses, and such things. And we kept an eye on each other in the group, gave helpful tips or just listened when it had been a bad day.

And I've had private lessons when I learnt nothing and didn't feel good at all afterwards :3

But generally of course, grouplessons isn't as good as privae ones. I have a private trainer now and I love the way she teaches :P

As the others have said, talk with the trainer, ask if she has any helpful advice.
When she/he say something to one of the other riders, if you can, watch and learn. (like if it's just walk or if it's an individual minute; like in most of my old grouplessons: we got a minute to canter or jump an obstacle one by one and the rest of the group stood still to be out of the way.)

Good luck :)
     

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