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        12-23-2010, 04:33 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    At my old riding school it was a MUST that you had to help out atleast once a month all day or half-day if you were too young if you wanted to ride there. It was to learn the basics in horse care and once you were old enough/capable enough you could deal with the pony you were riding e.g tack/untack grooming, and it was really a matter of if you got there early enough to tack up or someone else would do it for you.

    At my new riding school I waited 5 months, until one day everyone was busy so I just asked if they wanted me to untack my horse ( I already knew how to tack/untack), and now I'm allowed to do it whenever the horse isn't being ridden next.

    Just ask and I'm sure they will say yes. You learn and it saves them the trouble =P
         
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        12-23-2010, 04:35 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Oh and I've never done an official Pony Day, but if they're anything like helping out at my old riding school, then they are useful.

    Since I'm guessing you live in Britain, I think they're are like one week camps around where you own a pony for a week or two.

    Look in Pony mag :)
         
        12-23-2010, 04:45 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Yes I will definitely be asking my next riding lesson. Owning a pony for a week sounds exciting, but would it be for more advanced riders?
         
        12-23-2010, 04:56 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    No, it shouldn't be because you get help and get supervised anyway. And the quality of your riding shouldn't cause a major impact, the way you work around hroses should
    I'll see if I can find anything that might be useful
         
        12-23-2010, 04:58 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Take a look at this: Pony Camps - Horse Treks
         
        12-23-2010, 05:01 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thank you!
         
        12-23-2010, 05:06 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    No prob
         
        12-23-2010, 05:07 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Its quite far away and very expensive, i'd have to save up for it!
         
        12-23-2010, 05:08 PM
      #19
    Foal
    But it sounds fun!
         
        12-23-2010, 05:12 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    When I was in Ireland, it was common for the horses to be ready to go...all you had to do was hop on and ride. It was really disappointing for me as I love to groom before and after my lesson. But since I was staying on the property for several days, I was able to help tack up and untack for the properties lessons a few days in, once I had shown myself competant. This must be a European thing, or really posh barn thing.... LOL

    Since you have only had a very small amount of lessons, you could ask that one of your lessons be a grooming and tacking up lesson. You could also ask for a more advanced student to help show you how to tack up, if it is ok with the Yard Owner/Barn Owner/Barn Manager. It would be very good for you to know how to do it yourself, so that in the future, if you get your own horse eventually, you could do it yourself.

    It was honestly culture shock when I got there and was pretty much told NO, you are not to tack up. Although...nice and poshy for a few days! LOL
         

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