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post #21 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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i think the reason the horse is always tacked up is because they have to fit in a lot of lessons in a short amount of time (my lesson is after school on a wednesday) so it is easier to have all the horses tacked up so they can quickly start the lesson. i would love to be able to tack up and groom, and it would be great to have my own horse!
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post #22 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 05:25 PM
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I guess al you can do is ask :)

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post #23 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 05:40 PM
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Since you are young I suggest you do a pony camp during the summer. They teach you everything at those ;) That is how I learned and now I work at a riding school and tack horses up before lessons. Keep in mind the lesson is only an hour more or less depending where you are. All of the horses/ponies are tacked up so they are ready to go straight away for the lesson. I am guessing they would not have time to wait for you to go and tack up then do your lesson. Unless of course you can go earlier. I am sure they would love the help.

And to add most riding schools have camps during the summer. So ask about it where you go riding. Where I am there is a one week camp on in January while everyone is off school.

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post #24 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 05:48 PM
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I would think that teaching you how to tackup and all would be beneficial to all concerned. However, they are probably on a tight schedule, so you would have to understand that the time used to tack up the horse (teaching you how) would come out of your hour lesson.

Also, no doubt they have liability concerns, so they need to maintain control over how the horse is tacked. If , for some reason, you tacked him up alone and you didn't do it quite right and during the lesson the saddle came off and there was an injury accident, they might end up being sued. At least, in the US, such things can happen .
In any case, it's really admirable that you want to learn these things. They are so important to becoming a horsewoman.
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post #25 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 06:31 PM
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I took lessons at a barn with 42 horses, about 200 students and always 2 lessons going on at once... But everybody learned to tack up from day 1 and it was in addition to the 1 hour lesson not part of it.
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post #26 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 07:20 PM
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This is kinda foreign to me, never have I been at a lesson barn (I've been at 3 different ones, one's a huuuuuuuuge barn where they go everywhere and show) where you DIDN'T have to tack up or groom!

It's always been part of the deal! Say I have a lesson at 9:30AM (which i do, haha, on monday and thursday!) I usually have my parents drop me off at 8:30/8:45ish so I have enough time to groom thoroughly if I have a dirty pony. :)

But yeah, ask for a grooming/tacking up lesson! One day one of our lesson horses was being really ditzy so my instructor gave me a mini-lesson on lunging.
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post #27 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 07:31 PM
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Don't wory when I started, my traier did the same thing, ask your trainer or just wait nicely, does s/he tack up in front of you? After a while, my trainer taught me how to saddle up then after a while bridling! Now look at me, i saddle, groom, bridle, and do different mane and tail styles! It's fabulous that you want to learn, definitely youtube and google it, so whe your trainer says it's time to learn, you'll have a good idea of what it's going to be like! ;]
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post #28 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 07:49 PM
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Just a suggestion, you said where you are that lessons sometimes get cancelled due to bad weather? Are you still able to get to the barn? Maybe you could ask for an indoor lesson, just on grooming and tacking up on lesson days when the weather is too bad to ride. I do that for my newbies here when we are going to get rained out, and they are just learning the ropes. It gives me time to explain things during a regular scheduled lesson time and not be in a rush to get the lesson going so I don't back up my whole schedule for the day. I can teach grooming, tacking up AND explain what the different pieces of tack are and what they do, and if we do a couple of these lessons I can get into proper tack cleaning, basic injuries, etc. That way they still get the lesson money and you get instruction on other things besides riding.

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post #29 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by vergo97 View Post
im 13, so can't drive . a pony day is where you spend a day at the stables with a group of people and tack up your horse, go for a hack, untack your horse, have lunch and tack up your horse again and have a lesson. i wasnt sure if it was for younger people though, as it is called pony day. i could ask if she wants help around the stables, but she might not want me to help out, as im not very experienced.
I'd ABSOLUTELY go for day the like this. In fact 2 barns in my area have similar days for ADULTS!

And you being inexperienced... We all started somewhere, and I'm sure even with little experience you can groom the horse or brush its mane. :)
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post #30 of 57 Old 12-23-2010, 08:19 PM
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Where I am currently teaching, we start our beginners by teaching them all basics aspects of horses in regards to handling and tacking up. No matter how young they are, we teach them to approach and catch the pony/horse, lead it, tie it, groom it, pick out its feet, saddle, girth and bridle. And then to untack and put the pony away. In the first few lessons this process DOES cut into the riding time, our lessons go for 1 hour and they generally get about 25mins of riding, but as they get better at tacking up their riding time increases and once why are competent at tacking up themselves, we ask them to arrive 10-15minutes early to tack up, so that their lesson ends up being ridden for the whole hour.
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