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    02-13-2011, 11:51 AM
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Foal
horse riding school in a foreign country..what should i do?

Hi alls of you

What do you suggest me?

I'm an italian girl who is living in london now. I have lived here for 1 months and i'm going to stay here just for 10 months.
When I was in italy, I attended horse riding lesson for 4/5 years: english riding and vaulting. Now, in london, I don't know if start it again, or not.
Main problem is obviously the language: my english is not so good to understand fastly everything: a lot of time I need people repeating what they are saying....this means that I need single lessons because I don't want other people waste their time for my language problems. But maybe it also can be dangerous not understanding what the instructor are saying to me....

What do you suggest me?
Ps: and, if you want, please correct me...i know my english is terrible :)
     
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    02-13-2011, 05:57 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would suggest that you go to the riding schools and explain your situation. Most are very understanding and will sort something out for you!
     
    02-14-2011, 07:00 PM
  #3
WWA
Foal
I know exactly how you feel! I was in that same situation 7 years ago.
I purchased a 'learn how to ride' book and learned all the english terms that could come up during a lesson!
And yes, I took private lessons for that reason.
I'm sure your Instructor will understand if you don't get what she/he means and will try to explain it a bit different...
Good luck & let us know how your first lesson goes!
     
    02-15-2011, 08:50 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by WWA    
I know exactly how you feel! I was in that same situation 7 years ago.
I purchased a 'learn how to ride' book and learned all the english terms that could come up during a lesson!
Well, I'm doing this now, reading this forum : I learned: crop, bareback ,reins, etc etc

Where are you from? I mean...what is your mother tongue?

Well, what you have said to me is very nice :) i'm going to look for a not much expensive stable and i'm going to explain my problem
The other problem is that here, in london, horse riding lessons are very expensive...until 80 pounds per hour! In italy I payed just 20 euro (it means 16 pounds...i don't know how much is it in dollars, sorry)
     
    02-15-2011, 08:56 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Mirta do you have access to a car? You will find that just outside of London the riding lessons are far cheaper. My sister Is a 40 min train journey from central london and her riding lessons are 35 (so about 40euro). Unfortunatly anywhere south of the Milton keynes is going to be incredibly expensive but generaly less expensive than in london itself.
     
    02-15-2011, 05:15 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by faye    
Mirta do you have access to a car? You will find that just outside of London the riding lessons are far cheaper. My sister Is a 40 min train journey from central london and her riding lessons are 35 (so about 40euro). Unfortunatly anywhere south of the Milton keynes is going to be incredibly expensive but generaly less expensive than in london itself.
i don't have a car here in london and....even if I had a car, I wouldnt drive because in great britain they drive on the right and for me it is strange! I have problem as pedestrian to cross roads

Anyway, I may go there by tube...
     
    02-15-2011, 05:18 PM
  #7
Green Broke
It honestly isnt that difficult. I'm british and used to driving on the right, however I regularly drive to belgium through france so have to change from driving on the right to driving on the left give it a go!
     
    02-15-2011, 06:30 PM
  #8
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Mirta
Horses drive either on the right side of the road or the left side - all you have to do is to tell them which side.

Once you work out how to get to the stables, I think you'll find that the language of horses is international. Anyway it is a lot easier to communicate with a human than it is a horse, so if you can get a horse to do what you want, then certainly you'll get a human to understand what you want.

Phone the British Horse Society and ask them to help you find a good riding centre.

Enjoy your riding.
     
    02-22-2011, 11:46 AM
  #9
Foal
I'm dealing with the exact same situation as you!! I am an american exchange student living in france for the year and I've been taking lessons regularly at my local riding club in france. My language skills are nowhere near perfect and I am doing well in my group lessons! Everyone is really helpful and to be honest, language will not be a problem. If I don't understand, I just do what everyone else is doing
     

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