Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Is there any way you can discuss taking Private Lessons with the Coach/Instructor there? If not, can you see if you can bring in your previous Coach to do this at a fee?
Some facilities allow this, some do not. The previous barn I was at, I was no where near satisfied with the level of education of the Instructors at that barn, so I brought in the Coach I have now. The facility charged that Instructor $10.00 to use their arena, which I paid. So instead of paying, say - $25.00, I paid $25.00 to the Coach and personally gave the BO $10.00 = $35.00.
Maybe you can work something out? I am not sure.
With you going to the other barn for private lessons, big deal IMO. If the barn you are moving to doesn't like that, but yet they cannot accmodate your wish for Private, then I guess that's not your problem, but theirs. I would notify them of you doing this, but don't leave the discussion open for them to say yay, or nay. It's not their decision.
Your horse, your choice, your money, your education - not theirs.
With the Group Lesson option, give it a shot, you may like it - you may not. You never know until you try. I greatly dislike group lessons, not worth my time, money or effort. I get very little "attention", and I have to share that hour with other riders at different levels.
I wouldn't take part in a Group myself. I don't mind semi, 2 to 3 people, which I'll do happily, but anything more than that, it's not worth it. In groups, you don't get as much knowledge being sent your way, as you would in a Private. Most Instructors are not capeable enough to give that many riders in a group lesson, much to progress forward. The amount of knowledge I get in a Private, far surpasses that when I am in a group.
Last edited by MIEventer; 10-27-2011 at 12:09 PM.