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    12-24-2010, 02:22 AM
Originally Posted by vergo97    
i started riding about two months ago, and I love it! I have had about 7 lessons (some have been canceled because of the snow) I was just wandering if I will ever get to tack up the horse that I ride/ groom him, as he is always ready when I get there. I know I havent been riding for long compared to other people, but would love to know just the basics ( like putting up the stirrups, loosing the girth?)
Odd. To be honest.

I have to get the horse, groom, tack up and then ride. My trainer basically says ''how do you ride without knowing how to tack up."
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    12-24-2010, 08:05 AM
When the lessons get canceled for bad weather, it is normally because we can't get there because the roads are to icy, and there isnt an indoor area. I will be asking about pony days and if I can tack up. On my first lesson the only thing I got taught was not to stand/walk behind a horse. My lessons are only half an hour long, but I think there is a group lesson for an hour. I used to have a half hour lesson with another kid, but he hasn't been for ages, because of the bad weather, his school play and he was ill, so my previous two lessons have been private. Do you think group or private lessons are better?
    12-24-2010, 08:08 AM
When I say on my first lesson the only thing I got taught was not to stand/walk behind a horse, that was the only thing I got taught about horses, but I did walking and trotting.
    12-24-2010, 12:04 PM
When is your next lesson then?

Oh and I know how you feel, my last lesson of the year was cancelled because it was too dangerous to get there because of the snow :(
    12-24-2010, 12:14 PM
My next lesson is wednesday, I don't know if it will be private or with the other kid.
    12-24-2010, 12:25 PM
I will say as an instructor who has her students tack/untack for every lesson it can take some time to do so. We supervise every student while they tack up because many of our students are very new to horses. Our newer and even the experienced young clients take a bit longer to tack up, if they dawdle they lose riding time seeing as they are paying for an hour total with the horse and I. I'm thinking someone tacks up for you because if you had to learn to groom/tack/untack/groom in half an hour you'd have very little time to ride if any. A pony day or something of the like sounds like a good idea before you just hang around the barn offering to tack horses if you're not sure how.

Also, weather sucks for riding. I'm in southern California teaching in a rather rich area with horses, and many of my students are little girls 6-10. Parents sometimes don't drop off their kids because it's rained the day before and they assume things are cancelled or the parents don't want the kids muddy or whatever. We still offer "trail" rides and chances to learn about tack and such and we get stood up all the time which leads to my boss sometimes cancelling simply because our clients don't come. I have to imagine other barns do this.

And as for group vs private lesson...if you're feeling relatively comfortable on the horse, I see no issue stepping up to a *small* group lesson. Our groups means there's two riders in the lesson. It'll give you more time to ride and you may be able to, at the very least, have your instructor go over the tack that is already on the horse with you.
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    12-24-2010, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
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.
Originally Posted by Cowgirl101    
Odd. To be honest.

I have to get the horse, groom, tack up and then ride. My trainer basically says ''how do you ride without knowing how to tack up."
^^Addressing both of these.

Ponyboy, I know you are from Canada, and Cowgirl, you are from somewhere in the states.....we as North Americans get taught how to do this right from the get go. In the United Kingdom, it seems that it is typical for a student to arrive at the yard to have the ponies/horses all tacked up and ready to go. Even when I was in Ireland for a riding vacation as a novice/intermediate rider, I did not have to tack up my horse.

Different places do different things. If the OP was to come here, she might think it is "odd" that she would be expected to groom and tack up her own pony/horse.

There are probably barns here in North America that cater to the rich...and they would most likely not have to tack up their horse either unless they requested that they do so.
    12-24-2010, 12:44 PM
This idea is also completely foreign to me but I have heard of a lot of hunter/jumper barns being the ones that have your horse all ready and tacked up for their students. In my experience, many hunter/jumper barns have very strict, set schedules for their horses and you need to follow them in order to maintain their "like of riding" or something like that. Maybe this is the case at your barn? If it is, try asking to learn how to tack up an older retired horse in place of your lesson. This way it doesn't still have the set schedule because it's retired but you are still able to learn how to tack up.

At my barn, I'm the one who helps teach the lesson students how to get their horse, tie it up, groom it, tack it up properly, how to check the saddle, and just in general how to be around horses. The saddles are always checked before the student gets on, as well as the bridles. Their first lesson is primarily learning how to do everything before getting on and explaining what their tack is and how it functions, as well as a few parts on the saddle and bridle.

I agree with everyone that just asking won't hurt anything and that eventually, it's something that you should learn, but maybe your instructor doesn't feel you are ready for this step, yet.
    12-24-2010, 12:58 PM
Maybe I could spent a whole lesson just learning to to tack up a horse. I wouldnt mind not riding for a lesson.
    12-24-2010, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
There are probably barns here in North America that cater to the rich...and they would most likely not have to tack up their horse either unless they requested that they do so.
Yup, we have one of those in town too.

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