Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
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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