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    11-20-2012, 04:07 PM
10 years of Riding

I have a question, after 10 years of riding lessons (western or english) where should you be? What would you expect to know?

I've been riding 13 years and feel like a complete novice.
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    11-20-2012, 04:11 PM
I don't think it's that black and white.

Different people learn at different speeds and they all learn different skills. I would think it's kind of like expecting all the kids in a class to know so much at a certain time, when in reality some will be stronger than others at some points. It will also vary by whatever methods/type of riding you do. One of the lads at work could tell you plenty about jumps racing, but he didn't even know what a QH was.
    11-20-2012, 04:15 PM
After ten years of lessons under one coach I only knew to walk, trot, canter, whoa, back it was western lessons and only the last two years did I do any neck reining. But rode bucking, biting, bolting, rearing, dirty stoppers, and horses that would rub you on anything.

Just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
    11-20-2012, 04:18 PM
Well if you want to learn more or different ways of doing things maybe look at taking lessons elsewhere, even just a few to get a different feel for different methods. I started working full time in stables 12 years ago, and I think I learned more in 2 months of being in the middle of a working yard than I did in years of riding lessons.
    11-20-2012, 04:21 PM
I did't have a choice there is no other stables, but that was only the ten years I rode with that stable, I've been riding 13 almost 14 and have rode else where and much improved since than. The question was, if you rode ten years where do you think you should be?
    11-20-2012, 04:30 PM
One would want to be confidently going through all the paces and be able to handle a younger horse but as I said, it depends on the person and what they want to do. I was riding out racehorses inside 5 years of riding. Some people who have been riding longer than 10 wouldn't be able for it. My daughter has been riding for 2 years and is a very very nervous rider.. that's just her disposition, yet other kids who have been riding for 6 months will pop over a pole on their pony.
    11-20-2012, 06:36 PM
I think that unless one has a goal in mind for lessons, such as jumping, reining, trail class, etc., etc.,...one can't apply what they have been taught and determine what they need to work on. What is it you want to do w your skills? As a thought...if you just want to test your skills, trail riding doesn't require an arena, but it can require a lot of riding skills...and it is a lot of fun. Plus, there are easy "trails" on up to difficult so you can keep pushing the envelope until you have a good idea of your skills. Personally, after 10 years of lessons, I would expect one to be able to go on a difficult trail on a young horse. I never had formal training, though.
    11-20-2012, 06:45 PM

It's not so much where you think you should be, but what goals have you set for yourself? Did you reach those goals? If you dn't have a goal, you don't have something to learn and work toward.

Plus another thing to consider: Did you ride one time per week on the same horse for 10 years? Or did you ride a different horse every single day for 10 years? Obviously the latter would have taught you a lot more.

Did you only learn about horses in the presence of your instructor, or did you go above and beyond on your own to attend clinics, read books, watch DVDs, etc to learn more about horses?

So I think it is impossible to say where you should be after 10 years of riding lessons and what you should know because there are too many variables and everyone has different goals. Maybe one person just wants to be able to trail ride safely, where another person wants to compete at the World show in competitive trail. That doesn't mean the world caliber rider is "better" than the other rider, but that rider did have a goal they want to meet.
    11-20-2012, 07:37 PM
Green Broke
Riding 10 years means nothing.

10 years at an hour a week is about 500 hours.

But if you've been riding 10 hours a week on your own horse for a year that's 500 hours too.

So it depends on how you look at it, and what you've been doing. Different lessons will have different results. A fun group lesson will be different from an intense private lesson, riding dead broke lessons horses will be different from more difficult ones.

It depends what you've been working towards and the steps you've taken, the time you've put in.

I don't know what level you're at, but if you're not achieving the results you want re-evaluate what you're doing.
    11-20-2012, 09:09 PM
Green Broke
I trail ride every weekend and I've never taken lessons. Maybe I'd take lessons if I wanted to compete at a high level and wasn't successful.

So, I guess my question is, do you think you would know what you know now if you had never taken a lesson but rather, just got on your horse and rode?

I don't mean to knock the whole lesson idea.....but each to his or her own.

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