I started riding lessons last fall. I have always been horse-crazy, but never had the time/money to actually do anything about till now. Due to a stressful job, my attendance has been spotty and I took most of the winter off (cause I'm a wimp in snow).
My problem is that whenever I do have time for a riding lesson, I spend most of the lesson struggling to get the horse to actually DO anything. It seems that no matter which horse the instuctor puts me on, it always wants to not work once we get to the ring. The horse wants to ride off the fence, doesn't keep up a trot or simply refuses to trot and/or actually move. There's always issues with the horse going once around the ring and then stopping at the gate and I struggle to get it moving again.
On one hand I'm getting frustrated with the stable. I understand that horses can be a challange and part of riding is establishing your dominance over the horse so it listens to your instructions. I try to be thankful they're not putting me on an over-trained automaton and actually giving me a chance to learn on a REAL horse that comes with real riding challanges. On the other hand, I can't help feeling that, as a beginner, an over-trained automaton would be nice once in awhile so I can actually get some _riding_ in and concentrate on technique before I take on the other issues.
I've taken short riding courses through a local community college where I grew up, and those horses were very compliant with beginners. So I don't know if the issue is me and my riding or if the stable is just not right for me. I really like the stable owners and the instructor, plus this place is in my price range. I recently lost my hateful job and I'm planning on volunteering mucking stables and whatnot to learn some on-the-ground horse handling and care and get a free trail ride in now and then. Plus I can still afford a lesson here and there and I actually have TIME to maintain a regular riding schedule now.
So, in your opinion, what would help me with my struggles and frustrations? Will more regular riding help clear up these issues, or is the stable and their horses just not right for me at this time???