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post #1 of 7 Old 02-03-2009, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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How many lessons???

I have been trying to find a trainer that could give lessons for western riding. My goal is to be better balanced and to be able to ride at a lope or canter without holding onto the horn. I have several years of riding experience, but just lack some confidence to ride freely. Although I am very comfortable riding at a walk and a trot.

My problem is this person charges $65/hour and is 1 hour from my home. Which would limit me to only riding on the weekend.

Would like to know approx. how many lessons it would take for someone to get up to the next level of riding.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-03-2009, 09:07 AM
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wow... that is really high... at least for my area it is. How many lessons really depends on you and how you progress....

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-03-2009, 03:12 PM
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How calm is your horse? You can do exercises that will help with your balance on the horse. Do you have someone you can work with? I have read Richard Shrake and he has some great exercises that you can do to help with your balance which would help you to sit the lope.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-04-2009, 08:04 AM
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I take one lesson a week and I feel like I'm improving every time. So don't worry. xD

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-05-2009, 06:30 PM
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I think one lesson a week should do the job. The price does seem a little high. What type of showing, and experience does the trainer have?

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-10-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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The trainer has experience in reining and has horse that I could eventually ride for a lesson or two on reining. However, I am willing to take the lessons for more experience, but don't want to spend for ever taking them as because I cannot afford to take them for an extended period of time. I do have some money saved up for it though.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-10-2009, 03:40 PM
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There is no set time table. People and horses learn at different speeds.

I would suggest a basic instructor and then move up to the reiner. The reiner can command type of fee. A basic instructor should be under $50 an hour.
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