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post #1 of 6 Old 11-01-2011, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Lesson confusion

I normally have lessons every wednesday with two people, a woman and her daughter. Last lesson however I was in a group with four other people of different ages and I didn't feel like I got much out of the lesson as there was too many of us (I also got bucked off during that lesson but thats another story!). This morning my mum got phoned up and was told by the stables that they two people I normally have my lesson with are moving to a weekend lesson (which was where they were last lesson) and they want me to join the large group lesson. My mum said that she isn't too happy about that as I don't really feel like I am getting my money's worth there and I don't really connect with any of the people. I am going to have a group lesson with them tomorrow but they said that they will discuss what is to happen next with us there. I don't really liked being messed around with the groups that I am in (this will have been the fourth group that I have been in) but I understand why they can't help it this time. I just worry that they will say that there is no other way I can have lessons other than with this group. Would it be worth doing it? Or maybe they would say that I should have a weekend lesson, but I am away a lot of weekends so I would miss out on some lessons which I avoid doing at the moment by having it after school.

I'm sorry if this makes no sense, I am just worried I will have to be with a group that I don't like and don't learn much from. I don't mind group lessons and have had group lesson's almost all the time that I have been riding, but I just don't like them that big.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-01-2011, 05:13 PM
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That's totally understandable, the wrong or right group can make a world of difference, but if you don't like the options they present you with the only other choice is a private lesson, or to move schools.
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Remember that YOU are the customer. If you don't feel like you are getting a good value from your lessons, then you need to address this with the barn/instructor. Some group lessons can be too big, especially if the riders are different levels or one rider is particularly needy and takes up a lot of the instructor's attention. If you can not choose a smaller or different lesson, remember that you can take your business to another facility or instructor who will be better able to meet your needs.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-01-2011, 09:12 PM
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vergo, don't worry ahead of time. Just bring up your concerns to the trainer or BM (whoever deals with lessons). Ask if you can join a smaller group (or may be you can do weekend lesson?). In my experience good barns/trainers usually try to accommodate the students (or at least give some flexibility/choices).

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-02-2011, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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I had my lesson today and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I had Christine, the owner of the stables, teach the lesson and there was only me and this other girl. I found out today that the reason why things have been a bit messed around is because Christine was really ill and has spent the last four weeks in hospital and could have died She has a bowel infection and it got really serious. So because she hadn't been there the two other instructors that work there (who are both only 21) have had to be in charge of the stables and have had responsibility of everything, but they were getting really stressed with at the work they had to do so she came back a little early.

Anyway, the lesson I had today with Christine was really good because she is a really good instructor (she normally charges 30-40 for a lesson and I only pay 20). She really sorted my trot out because my legs go too far forward and we spend ages getting them to stay in the right position. I then did some cantering and I feel like I have improved on that a lot because I did far more of it in this lesson than I do in a lesson with my other instructor.

The downside of the lesson was that the other girl was a mardy 8 year old who kept having tantrums about doing things and kept refusing to canter because she thought my horse would canter too and run into the back of her! She got really angry at one point and started to really kick the pony she was on but she got really told off for that.

At the end of the lesson Christine said that she had organised this lesson for me because she wanted to see how I am doing after I got bucked off and she agreed that the larger group lesson was not working for me. i'm not sure what happened to the group I was supposed to be in, maybe they got re-arranged to a different day. She is going to phone my mum some time this week and try and find a group that I could possably join that is the same level as me, or I could possably have a private lesson later at night.

I'm happy with the stables now, and knowing what happened with Christine now makes me understand why things were a little complicated with the lessons.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-02-2011, 08:05 PM
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Glad you liked it! :)

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