First of all - hello everyone. I am new here and I am looking forward to experiencing this community!
I am a beginner in horse riding, but I learn very quickly, at least according to my instructor (I was introduced to cantering after just a few lessons although first only on a pony). Alas, I do not have time to ride regularly (work).
There is a small problem: a friend of mine would like me to join her for a horse riding safari next summer. Although she insists it is a very easy and relaxed trip suitable for less experienced riders... there is no way I am going there without at least minimum preparation!
The question thus arises: what should I do in order to maximize my learning?
I thought about going for a week of intensive training e.g. Early January. Are you aware of any place anywhere in the US (I'm based in NYC but hey, airlines are still in operation) where I could spend a few hours in the saddle per day + helping in the stables (to learn more about horses) + taking some theory classes? As it is winter I am naturally looking at southern states... I have been in the US only for a couple of months - do you have any horse-riding Mecca here? Which state is the most famous for horse riding?
Any suggestions and advice would be highly recommended! Thank you for your help!