Hello Horseforum! I am new to the site but since I am in a new country and riding after a long absence I figured I needed to find advice from somewhere I could reach more people then simply non riders around me!
The situation is that I have begun riding again after about 5-7 years out of the saddle, I say 5-7 because I have done the occasional hack over the last two years with both good and bad results. Beginning classes again with boyfriend to get him into the saddle and remember what I am doing. When I finished my riding seriously I was doing crosscountry and endurance events with a half lease on a lovely appaloosa but had to give it up due to costs and time.
Here I am riding in one stable where obviously some styles of teaching are different but am progressing. Looking for a longer lesson time in another stable for both of us I told the secretary my background and she threw me into the level 5 group doing 3 foot jumps. It's been so long I am very unsure if I will be able to count strides and balance correctly while not pulling at the horse's mouth when doing this. She encourages me [without having seen me ride] that I will be fine.
I am currently a grade 2 in my stable now and progressing fast, just working out bits of seated trot and transition to canter. I know I could possibly jump now and be okay but it seems like a huge difference in what two stables are expecting and I want to call and tell them to move me to a less challenging class, since a new horse and the skills demanded might be too much at the same time. My gut says its the right idea but I don't want to try and argue with her.
Suggestions? Do I try it and see if I can or call and move my class?