Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Sussex, England
• Horses: 0
Lesson length issues - maybe time to move on?
I started up with a new weekly group lesson recently (a couple of months ago). It was going ok, but almost every lesson will start around ten minutes late, then finish five minutes early.
I earn my own money to pay for my lessons, so, understandably, I'm getting very annoyed at paying for an hour lesson and only getting 45 minutes. It's not a cheap hobby! I've called up twice this week to ask to speak to the yard manager about it, each time she's been "busy" and hasn't called me back.
The other problem I have is that the group has recently added two new novices, meaning we're back to square one. This weeks lesson had us only trotting for the hour. I didn't learn any new techniques or feel any improvement in my riding. I'm capable of cantering and small jumps, so it just felt like a huge waste of money.
Last week I had a different instructor that I really really liked. I had instant improvements in my riding and she had everyone looking great. Trouble is her only group lessons in the week are very advanced, and I know how it feels to be held back, so I can't really go into those groups.
I found out she does freelance instructing. I loan a pony one day per week, so could maybe have fortnightly lessons with her. I can get myself ready and warm Bruno up before I start my lesson, which is a big bonus! I know I'd see more improvement faster. The only cons with that idea is that I do enjoy being in a group and making friends, and I like learning to ride a range of horses.
What are everyone's experiences with freelance instructing? I'm a bit stuck on what to do.
To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!