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    04-12-2012, 04:31 PM
  #31
Yearling
Vergo, I really think you should move stables. Trust me when I say that I have been to plenty of stables and yours does not sound like a good one. Don't be afraid to move if you feel you are not learning well at the one you are at. I was scared the first time I chose to move barns and believe me, I did not regret if for a second. Like you I am also a shy and quiet person, so I believe that having a friendly stable environment where you can ask a lot of questions without fear is even MORE important for your type of personality.

I've looked for horse jobs for a few years now, they mostly all want someone 18 or older, BUT almost any barn you go to will allow you to work off lessons/leases/board. The one time I asked we got to do minimal work- muck out half the barn, fill the water buckets for all of it- and my cousins and I all got $10ish off our lessons. As long as you get what is WORTH your work I highly encourage it. That way you can lease and take a lesson maybe every other week.

As for finding leases I go to:

Equinenow.com type in your area and then look for any title that has "lease" in it

Equine.com

Horseleaseconnection.com. You have to get an account but otherwise it's a good site.

And of course, craigslist!

Or, when you find a good barn, often they'll let you lease even if they don't really "advertise" it.

This year is actually the first I'll get to lease...I'm so excited!
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    04-12-2012, 05:15 PM
  #32
Foal
My mum doesn't seem to want me to move stables because ever since we threatened to move, and then they started saying that I had progressed so far and changed the lesson I was in to a more suitable group, she thinks they are a good stables. The first stables we went to were awful, another one we tried out were ok, but the stables I am at are the best so far. The instructors are good (apart from one that I don't really like because I find her lessons a bit confusing) and they treat the horses well. I don't want to seem like I am ungrateful by hassling to try out different stables all the time, especially when my mum thinks that I am not reaching my maximum potential and knowledge just because I am quite shy. She thinks if I stay at it I will find that I start to feel like I am progressing when I start doing jumping, and that I am just being a bit impatient.

There are certain things that I don't like about them, like when they said the horse I ride has a new, stronger bit in (he is quite strong), but they are the best stables I have been at.

I just asked my mum if I could ask at my next lesson (tomorrow) if I could help out at the weekend, and she said that she doesn't want me to do that at the moment because I will have lots of studying to do for my GCSE's Well, my work isn't going to get any easier, so I don't know if she will ever let me spend more time with horses, or loan.

I'll look at those websites though, and keep looking for lease horses.

Good luck with your lease horse, I hope you have fun!
     
    04-13-2012, 03:22 AM
  #33
Foal
Gumtree, horsemart, preloved, equinead, house and hound are all good websites, I found arizona on preloved
     
    04-13-2012, 10:47 AM
  #34
Foal
Thanks for the websites, I'll have a look at them but I really don't think my mum is going to let me spend more time with horses on a weekend job or loan. After my lesson today I mentioned it and she said that I am going to be getting more and more work. Going by that logic I won't be able to do anything until I have finished uni/collage, and then she won't be paying for things for me and it'll be another few years until I have enough money to pay for a loan which is ages away

I had a really good lesson today, it was the first lesson in ages that I have found tiring and felt like I've learnt a lot. It was a private and we started with improving my canter transition which went well, and then we went onto jumping. I haven't really learn a proper jumping position (I did jumping at my old stables but they didn't teach it properly), so I did a bit of that while in walk and trot which was really hard, especially as I had been taught before to lean on the horses neck whith my hands, so it was hard to balance. Then I went over some small jumps, and I need to work on sitting up as soon as I am over the jump, and not a few seconds after.

After my lesson I asked my instructor what happens once I know the jumping basics, and what do I move onto. She said that I can keep doing jumping if I like it and get onto bigger and multiple jumps, or I can go onto dressage. I said that I would prefer dressage and she said that she'll see if I can do more dressage things on my lesson next friday
     
    04-13-2012, 02:30 PM
  #35
Foal
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
When I go for my lesson, I am often rushed to get the horse ready, there isn't time for me to ask questions about grooming and I am told not to pick out the feet of one of the horses I sometimes ride because he can kick out. I have group lessons so there are about 3/4 of us getting ready, and the lesson before us are trying to get untacked so the people that work there are busy helping others.

I could ask at the stables if I could help out, but there are already lots of people that work there and I wouldn't want to be the person who gets in the way. I don't know anyone there, I don't even really know my instrustors well (there are three of them, and it's random which one I have for my lesson) and I feel a bit nervous asking.
I would look for a new stable or ask if there is a day or time that is less hectic. OR maybe you can just go out to the stable early and hang around late.... be a barn rat.

The place I ride is like that so I rescheduled my lessons for the evening but still come early and "hang out." Usually a free hand isn't free for long....I have been asked to help feed, bathe, groom, tack (for the kiddos), braid, lunge...etc etc.....if you are really persistent you can learn a lot. I have learned more during the free time than the paid lessons lol. Just talk to the barn manager and ask if its okay if you observe :) If you mention your concerns and they value your business they will be more than happy to help.

Also, sometimes you can actually become an asset/get some free rides in return for your help :) This weekend I will be out at the stable helping the vet with some of the boarders, in return I get some free ride time :) Good luck.
     
    04-14-2012, 06:17 AM
  #36
Foal
After the private lesson yesterday, my mum is now considering me having a private lesson every other week. While it would be great to only have private lessons, is two hours riding a month enough to make much progression, and will I forget a lot between lessons? If I did have private lessons, it might be at a time that is less busy.

At the moment my lesson is at 5 o'clock on Fridays, which I could have got to early, but next week until September I'm going to be getting back from school later (4:30) because of road works, and the stables is about 15 mins away so I won't be able to get to the lessons early.
     
    04-14-2012, 08:41 AM
  #37
Yearling
Hmmm. I used to take group lessons every other week when I first began taking lessons. I found that it was just enough if I didn't miss any of the lessons. Since you're taking private lessons, it will probably be better.

I'm not sure what to say about progression, since I had some ehhhh instructors at that point if that makes sense haha. As for forgetting things I didn't really forget things but I was better at remembering things once I started taking lessons once a week.
     
    04-14-2012, 10:16 AM
  #38
Foal
I'll see if I can get some private lessons then

I've just been watching some videos on the Pony club website, and I was watching a video on grooming. They are using lots of different brushes, and brushing the tail and the mane. I only use one brush, usually the rubber curry comb, and don't really brush the mane or tail. Are you supposed to every time you groom?
     
    04-14-2012, 10:30 AM
  #39
Yearling
Good question. Usually a basic grooming includes three things- a curry comb, a dandy brush, and a hoof pick. Sometimes if a horse has been blanketed I will skip the curry and just brush them off. If the mane and tail are particularly dirty or muddy I will use a comb/brush (usually a brush) and clean them up if I have time. I always pick out the hooves but I think you mentioned that you aren't allowed to sometimes.
     

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