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post #1 of 7 Old 03-21-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Second thoughts...

I've been riding at this stable for half a year now, since September. I really loved it at first, trotting and lunging and going over poles. But lately it seems that everything is... blah, I guess you could put it. For the past month I've been doing nothing but trotting around an arena, sometimes, If I'm lucky, trotting over poles. I feel as if my Instructor is holding me back for my group partner, who has only been riding a few weeks I'm guessing and has a hard time getting her horse to trot and can't trot the round ends of the arena. I'm getting bored with riding! Just going for an hour every week to trot around an arena with a rude horse? Oh yeah, the horses there practically ALL have a vice of some sort. The lesson horses alone are girthy and bite! One windsucks, and another one was "put on probation" for the week for kicking the Instructor! Then, I don't know how to catch or handle my horse confidently. After six months, I should have SOME idea, right? I take her out of her stall, (Only if she has a halter on- I can't halter her, she throws her head up) cross-tie and groom her, and if my Instructor tells me to saddle her then I can, but she's girthy so I usually don't. I have absolutely NO experience with haltering or bridling. We go in the arena, mount, and ride. Then we leave. The horses are used for lessons after me, so we don't usually untack or put them away. I don't really know anyone at the stable, and nobody's tried to talk to me, not even my Instructor! Only the barn owner picks up a conversation, and she's been banned from the barn due to a knee injury for the next few weeks. At this point, would you have second thoughts about going here? Or is there something I'm doing wrong? I just need help deciding if I should contact another stable, or stick this out for a few more months, possibly until the BO comes back and spring melts all the snow... I'm just so confused and upset. I really love horses, and don't want to mess up my future with them. (There are only two stables around here... they're both really close-linked.) Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-21-2013, 07:24 PM
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Doesn't sound like you are progressing much in your lessons. Any chance you can find a private owner & get some horse experience in for help w/ horse chores? Put up your own ad on bulletin boards, C list', or a barter network?
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Talk to your instructor about your concerns. If you feel like you're being blown off, maybe try to get in contact with the BO and see what she thinks. If that doesn't work, switch barns. No one will fault you for wanting to better yourself, and if they do, well, they have other issues.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-21-2013, 07:25 PM
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Doesn't sound like you are progressing much in your lessons. Any chance you can find a private owner & get some horse experience in for help w/ horse chores? Put up your own ad on bulletin boards, C list', or a barter network?
That's exactly how I got the majority of my horse experience. Answered an ad on Craigslist for help exercising horses and ended up gaining SO much experience in a (relatively) short amount of time.
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I agree about talking to your instructor. Tell her that you're interested in expanding your knowledge on the ground as well, and that you feel like you might be ready to move forwards and would like to discuss private lessons or a change in riding peers. Ideally she can just start giving you private lessons and grant those requests, but If she isn't willing to let you learn more (or doesn't give a good explanation as to WHY) you might try to broaden your horizons a bit and start looking around for another barn to take lessons at.

At our farm, lesson kids are taught to catch, correctly lead and handle, groom, saddle, and bridle their horses all before they even sit on it's back. For the first four lessons 30 minutes of their lesson is actually 'ground training' until they become confident enough to do it faster and prepare their horses themselves. Then it goes to a 15 minutes of catch/groom/tack, 45 minutes of ride lesson. On request we also teach them basic lunging and ground work (asking for back, yielding haunches, etc) with the lesson horses as well. Ideally you can find someone willing to do this sort of thing with you as well. Riding the horse is only half of the fun, IMO, of being around horses, so you're missing out!

Horses are going to have vices if they work with beginners, but kicking is a huge NO. If I ever saw a lesson horse even think about trying to kick me, much less someone else, it would immediately be pulled from the program.

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At our farm, lesson kids are taught to catch, correctly lead and handle, groom, saddle, and bridle their horses all before they even sit on it's back. For the first four lessons 30 minutes of their lesson is actually 'ground training' until they become confident enough to do it faster and prepare their horses themselves. Then it goes to a 15 minutes of catch/groom/tack, 45 minutes of ride lesson. On request we also teach them basic lunging and ground work (asking for back, yielding haunches, etc) with the lesson horses as well. Ideally you can find someone willing to do this sort of thing with you as well. Riding the horse is only half of the fun, IMO, of being around horses, so you're missing out!
I've been thinking about asking to BO in a few months if I can do chores there to get volunteer hours for High school. Hopefully doing them will make me more confident with horses.
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Volunteer to help horse owners with chores to learn how to handle horses. They'd be more than happy to show you, at least I would.

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