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post #1 of 14 Old 09-09-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Should I take the lesson now or wait?

For anyone who doesn't know: I'm 16, and I'm starting horse riding lessons. I don't really have any experience with horses.

We talked to the horse stable owner that lives 10 minutes from my house, and I'm going to take riding lessons. He and his wife only offer private lessons, which is good because I don't think I will like group lessons. I'll have to ask if they do semi-private later on, because it wouldn't hurt to maybe make a friend.

He is leaving to Kentucky in a week in a half. I can take riding lessons up until he leaves. Then when he gets back he goes out to Texas. I wouldn't be able to officially start until November, which kind of sucks.

So, is there any point of me taking a riding lesson before he leaves? Its going to be a big gap. I was thinking that maybe I'll check out the stable in person and take a lesson, so that I can decide if I like the stable/instructor.

I need quick answers please, because I'm going to call them today.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-09-2010, 03:15 PM
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If you take a lesson before he leaves it'll give you a chance to figure out if you like his lessons/style/safety/horses/etc. If you do, well it kind of sucks that you'll have to wait until November, but maybe you can work out something to come by and groom/tack up some horses just to learn more.

If you don't like him, you didn't waste 2 months waiting for him to come back. You can use that time to find a trainer you like more.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-09-2010, 03:18 PM
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I agree with MN Tiger, I'd take now and get a feeling how you like it. Then you'll have some time to think about it and (may be) find another trainer and try couple lessons there to compare. And yes, semi-privates would be more fun (although I like privates more - learn more). Have fun! Lessons are the great thing ever!
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Agree with everyone above! It's like a "try it before you buy it" in essence. While yes, you do have to pay for the lesson, you don't have to pump yourself up for 2 months before you ride only to find out you don't like the trainer! So try the lesson now so you know it's what you want! Good luck and have fun!
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-10-2010, 08:03 AM
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The only thing about private lessons ALL the time is that you cant see the mistakes that other people are making(and possibly making yourself) and learn from observation.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-10-2010, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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VelvetsAB: But, shouldn't my intructor tell me what I need to fix? I know what you mean though..that's one of the reasons why I kind of want a sem-private lesson once in awhile. I just called her, but she was very busy, so she is calling me tonight. She sounded really nice, and he said that she is the one that will be giving the beginner lessons.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-17-2010, 12:14 AM
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Yes, they should. But a lot of people learn better if they can SEE other people doing the same thing they are.

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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB View Post
The only thing about private lessons ALL the time is that you cant see the mistakes that other people are making(and possibly making yourself) and learn from observation.

Yes, one of the benefits of group lessons is seeing other riders be corrected, but I wouldn't say that's a reason not to take a private lesson. Take the private lesson if that's what's offered. There will be plenty of oppuntunities to watch other people ride later. There's horse shows to watch, youtube, and you'd be bound to see other lessons or boarders riding their horses.

I also vote for taking a lesson now before the man leaves. Although I'm a little confused, if the wife is the one giving the beginner lessons, why can't she continue giving lessons while he's not there? Maybe you could go to the lesson and discuss this.

If I were you, I would take the lesson, and then spend the two months reading every riding book I could find. It's easier for me to apply the theories in a book after I've had an experience with the subject matter.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-17-2010, 08:50 AM
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Maybe try finding another person to teach you?
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-17-2010, 02:14 PM
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At my current basic level I would love private lessons. Even though I ride in a small group (3) people. It would really help me having someone focus only on me. Even though I do like watching other people and having people to talk to while grooming/tacking up.

I say go for the lessons now and figure out if you like him. Also try else where because there might be someone else you like more.

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