Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here
It happens a lot for us -- horses are already tacked up, so the student just hops on. Not my favorite method, but hey, I'm not the head instructor, so I don't make the decision as far as that goes.
I'd talk to you instructor about it. Maybe they could adjust your ride time so you ride first, or you could come early to help out. I'm sure there's a way! That's something that is super important to learn!!!!!