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post #1 of 3 Old 11-23-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Lesson and leasing advice?

Hi, I'm new here.... Sorry this is so long
So, things have been changing a lot recently. Last year, I was happy and I was taking lessons regulary. I really wanted to show, but lessons were fine at that point. Then the barn had to stop offering lessons... It was kind of sad, but It had to happen... I worked there, so I just kept going there and groomed the lesson horses. After about 8 months of no riding, I Thought I found a decent place to ride, but it ended up being not what I expected it to be, and I had no chance of ever showing if I continued at that place. So I stopped riding for a couple months then a lease opportunity opened up for me at my original barn. So now I'm leasing my old lesson horse and nit taking lessons. I can't do much with my horse since she is an old lady (so no showing, no jumping, not much cantering, no trails since there are none). It's fine with me that I can't jump since I really want to ride (and eventually show) saddle seat, but I feel like I'm go going anywhere with my riding and I'm just getting into bad habits since I have nobody to crit. me... So Now I might be able to take lessons at a decent saddleseat barn where I might be able to show in the future. The only problem is that it's an hour away, and I can't afford (or have time) to have a weekly lesson....

(ps I've been riding for a total of 6 years)
What would you do?
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-23-2011, 11:07 PM
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Wow, that's really a hard one. I think what I would do is ask the lesson place if you could do a lesson every other week, or maybe once a month. That would probably be enough to help keep you from getting bad habits and allow you to learn some new stuff. Ask for homework including things to strengthen your muscles, balance, timing etc.

Then practice what you can on your leased horse. Work on building your muscle, strength and balance with the leased horse. You could probably do a lot of no stirrup work with it which will really be a big help in any riding.

If you have to choose between the two, I think I might choose the leased horse for a while longer until something else comes up because the lessons would be only once a week at most which wouldn't really help build areas that really need built up. I'd start working on riding without stirrups, etc on the lesson horse and looking for closer opportunities.

but this is only what I would do.....

By the way, why did your stable have to stop offering lessons?
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Yeah thats what I was thinking too... I feel like I've been looking for a year now and I haven't found any saddleseat barns open for lessons other than this one an hour away.. (there are a few big show barns in my area, but I hear they are crazy expensive and extremely complicated to get involved with)

And the lessons didn't stop because there was a problem with the horses or the barn, they just went working out
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