Recommendations for N VA area
Hi, I'm looking for some recommendations on where to learn some basics of riding in the N VA area (DC Metro area). My 4 year old daughter recently took up riding and her 2 year old sister will probably start soon as well. I know absolutely nothing about horses but figure if they are learning to ride and continue with it (I'm sure my 4 year old will - she is already wanting to "run" and jump even though she isn't ready for it yet, she had been campaigning for lessons for nearly a year before I broke down) that I should probably learn as well. If my daughter keeps her interest she will probably eventually go on to some type of showing as she currently is wanting to learn everything she can and is loving it (horses and race cars are her thing). I'm not concerned with learning jumping or anything along those lines at this point - I am just looking to learn about horse care and how to ride (basic stuff - trails, etc). I don't want my daughter to be limited to only being able to ride during her lessons once she gets more experienced (she's on lead line now) as she loves going for her classes mini trail rides at the end of the class and know she would want to do the longer trail rides they hold periodically but I wouldn't want her to go (not to mention they probably wouldn't want her to go as well) without an adult she knows (parent or close friend of the family) in case something happens. It would probably be close to a year before she's experienced enough to go on the longer trail rides. Now that I've rambled - does anyone have any recommendation on where is a good place for lessons? I could go to the place she goes but to be honest would be a little embarrassed as all their instructors are teens ( though they are excellent instructors) and for me it would be embarrassing to be taught by someone half my age (I know that's a ridiculous thing to be embarrassed about). Thanks.