New to Lessons and ? about English & Western
Hello all! I'm new to this forum but am hoping to learn more about riding. *Sorry if this is long* I'm 27 and before recently hadn't had any sort of lessons or really ridden at all. For my birthday my husband and I took a "basic horsemanship" class that was 4 weeks for 1 1/2 hrs. each time. We learned how to tack, clean hooves, groom, etc. as well as about an hour of western riding each time. We want to continue with the instructor's normal group class but since it'll cost us $90 total for DH an I, we can only do this class every other week.
DH likes riding but I'm definitely more into it. I've also always wanted to learn to ride English. At this barn they do have an english instrusctor but he is kind of expensive. You have to take private lessons at $65/hour until you're good enough for his group lessons. He does a lot of jumping classes and apparently is sought after. (not sure of what his credentials are)
There is another barn nearby that teaches solely English. I could take an hour group lesson for $45, 45 min. private w/ assistant trainer for $45, or 45 min. private with head instructor for $65. I'm thinking of trying the 45 min. private lesson w/ the assistant trainer but wanted to see what people with experience thought. If I took one lesson every other week in conjunction with the western group lessons, will this only confuse me or make me better? So far I've been picking up the western riding easily.