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post #11 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 10:49 AM
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Hanah...If dropping back a class level would make you more comfortable, then that is what I would consider. Talk to your instructor about it. The goal is to learn the skills to become a competent rider and that requires confidence in your ability at each step along the way. There will be challenges at every step...if we aren't challenged we don't advance. But it also is no fun to feel you are over your head.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 03:15 PM
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Personally I don't really like group lessons. The only group lesson I took wasn't that great. I came into a group of people who had already been together for a while, and I was not at their level of riding. Looking back now I didn't really learn a lot in the lesson except some basics. However I do love the private lessons I have now. I like how my instructor focus's on me and what me and the horse are doing. Personally I feel like I worked harder, learned more, and had more fun.
On the other hand, if you want to take a group lesson do it. Maybe just start out with one, or ask the instructors if you can kind of try out one lesson, like auditing/sitting in on a class in college.( I don't know if any place actually does that but it sounds nice) Also I know a lot of people said that it will help you when you are around multiple other horses in different situations, but I have never had a problem ridding with others for recreation, to me your in a different mind set and your not trying to learn something, your having fun.

That being said, do what you feel is best for you, what do we know anyway. :P
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Personally I don't really like group lessons. The only group lesson I took wasn't that great. I came into a group of people who had already been together for a while, and I was not at their level of riding. Looking back now I didn't really learn a lot in the lesson except some basics. However I do love the private lessons I have now. I like how my instructor focus's on me and what me and the horse are doing. Personally I feel like I worked harder, learned more, and had more fun.
On the other hand, if you want to take a group lesson do it. Maybe just start out with one, or ask the instructors if you can kind of try out one lesson, like auditing/sitting in on a class in college.( I don't know if any place actually does that but it sounds nice) Also I know a lot of people said that it will help you when you are around multiple other horses in different situations, but I have never had a problem ridding with others for recreation, to me your in a different mind set and your not trying to learn something, your having fun.

That being said, do what you feel is best for you, what do we know anyway. :P
You made me smile while i was reading this. For the most part you understood the most, however saying that ive decided even though im only 16, lifes a bit short to be having regreats. We arnt in anyway shape or form good for money, and ive decided i might aswell get as much riding time in there while i can still afford it. If i end up really not liking it, no one is forcing me to go again and all it will be is some extra time in the saddle
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Hannah, from a non-people person to another, group lessons are a lot of fun! I know it seems intimidating, especially if the girls you'll be riding with are not the nicest of people. Hey, that's the horse world sometimes. :)

Don't think of people staring at you the entire time. I'm sure on the flat you'll all be moving at the same time, no? I'm sure if you're jumping or doing a more technical exercise, your instructor would want you to each do this one-by-one, but that won't be the entire lesson. Maybe that thought can ease your mind enough to try it out and then get some confidence to tackle the parts of the lesson(s) that may make you uneasy.

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I'm a new rider who's old and has a large ass.

I had a tiny bit of self consciousness when i opted to take lessons at a college with college age riders who are a) young b) utterly incredibly fit c) most of them phenomenal riders (and on the school team, which is a pretty excellent team that goes to nationals).

so they're good. I have trouble sustaining my lope - I'm not bad mind you, but I'm not great.

I often felt like I Love Lucy, with "high jinx" situations, riding a horse that refuses on a good day to GIVE a lope.

you know what? I got better just being with them.

people don't care what YOU do, they are there to learn what THEY should do. So they'll watch your part of a lesson in order to learn what to do and what not to do. They'll listen to a criticism or comment and apply it to themselves to get better. Not better than you, better than they are.

Yeah, there are bitchy people, snarky people, nasty people even. Okay. that's a given. You'll meet them everywhere, not just in a group riding class. You'll meet them on line getting movie tickets. That's life. Push past it. Take lessons.

Group lessons are fun.

One day, on my last class, I had to crawl up the side of a horse because Mr. School Horse Who Found His Inner Mustang decided to take off and run me into a dead tree where I was most unceremoneously relieved of my seat. One thing I have a bit of a problem with is loading this large ass into a saddle without a block. But I did, and those excellent riding girlies cheered.
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