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post #11 of 21 Old 01-11-2013, 02:57 PM
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Honestly, even though we board and the barn has other lesson kids, Kitten doesn't have anyone to ride with either. That's why I'm always looking for events that we can go to. If you haul in for lessons, find out if the barn has a mailing list for other events. I've even talked the owner into trail rides (where all boarders and lesson riders are invited) and play days. There's lots of ways to get some horse people social time...even when taking private lessons. :)
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-23-2015, 04:30 PM
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Does anyone get 100% of their instructor's attention any more??? Mine is texting at the drop of a hat ... I guess I don't mind but it seems inappropriate ...
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-23-2015, 07:18 PM
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All lesson barns are different and an instructor can only teach you what they are capable of teaching. They all however, should provide their service to the best of their ability. If the agreement is 45 minutes of riding time, that is what you should get. Students in a group lesson should receive as much personal attention as possible. This is why it is important to have small groups. In a small group it is possible to have some students a bit more advanced than others. In a group, a student can also learn from watching and hearing the instructor's comments to other students. In a private lesson you should have 100% of the instructors time. We are never sure if we made the best choice until we have started taking lessons and run into some of these problems. When things can't be resolved it's time to move on.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-23-2015, 07:25 PM
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Does anyone get 100% of their instructor's attention any more??? Mine is texting at the drop of a hat ... I guess I don't mind but it seems inappropriate ...
From my point of view (not that I do much teaching anymore) If it was that necessary for me to be on my phone while giving a lesson, you would get an apology and I would extend the length of the lesson.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-23-2015, 08:07 PM
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The problem where I live is that lesson options are extremely limited and extremely expensive so I think that the instructors feel above the law ... there's basically no competition ... if you don't like them texting or taking phone calls TOO BAD!!
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-29-2015, 07:44 PM
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Does anyone get 100% of their instructor's attention any more??? Mine is texting at the drop of a hat ... I guess I don't mind but it seems inappropriate ...
My instructor doesn't have her phone on her when teaching, you have to leave a messege and she will get back to you!
I would not be happy if an instructor was on thier phone.
I pay for private lessons so I can realy make incredible leaps in our schooling and I work very hard between lessons to keep it up and do any homework set!
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-29-2015, 09:26 PM
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An hour lesson is usually 50 minutes.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-29-2015, 09:55 PM
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Riding can become a very social activity. I discovered that my lessons were running into each other and decided to to stagger them. First lesson, 9-10AM, then 10:30-11:30, then 12:00-1:00, etc. (on Saturdays). That way we always started on time and everyone got a full hour.
Teaching is a LOT of energy and work, or at least it was the way I taught, and we didn't socialize during the lessons to distraction. The gaps were good times for that.
It's very good that you value what you are paying for. Get private lessons.

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post #19 of 21 Old 03-29-2015, 11:07 PM
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An hour lesson is usually 50 minutes.
Why would that be? In my experience an hour long lesson is an hour long. A 45 minute lesson is 45 minutes. Perhaps a bit longer if the instructor chooses, but not shorter unless there's a pretty good reason. With my previous trainer the lesson was 45 minutes and you were expected to have your horse warmed up. Well, you could have him not warmed up, but if the trainer has to wait for you warm up then that counts towards your time :P Lessons are an hour with my current trainer and he likes to be there for any trot/canter portion of your warmup.

IMO a trainer should tell you how long the lessons are before you start training with them. If they have one lesson an hour with a 10 minute break in between lessons then they should tell you that lessons are $XX for 50 minutes. If for some reason the lesson has to be cut short then they should tell you in advance and give you a few extra minutes in the next lesson. Same if they have to start late. It's their responsibility to start on time, so they should find a way to make up for the lost time. They shouldn't be on the phone or texting during the lesson. If they can't do that then they need to reevaluate some part of their program and business model. Of course, if the trainer options are limited in your area then sometimes you have to take what you can get.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-29-2015, 11:45 PM
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I think people have got the wrong end of the stick by me talking about the social aspect of a group lesson.
I don't have ANYONE to ride with at home. I always ride by myself. So getting to ride in a group with other people is quite a nice novelty for me.
But yes, I understand that's not the way for me to improve at all so I'll be sorting out private freelancing lessons with that instructor I like. Thanks everyone!
I'm quite a lonely rider too. I do get to ride with few others on weekends but for the most part I work and ride alone at my barn. So I understand how you feel about not having socialization. However I am really introverted so it takes me about 6 weeks to start feeling the symptoms. My suggestions is try and get private lessons and when you do ride (not in lessons) have really clear goals for yourself and your horse- this will help you progress faster. My instructor won't give so much as a double lesson because she doesn't like not being able to focus on one student. As you progress you may be able to join the advanced class and you may be able to find people wanting to have their horses exercised and ride for them (that's what I did) which will further boost your skill.
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