Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
Lessons and Applicable Horse Riding Skills
I saw someone mention in regards to trail rides, how they need applicable horse riding skills. Such as, knowing how to stop a horse that has bolted, or how to get a horse to get over a "spooky" thing in the bushes.
They don't teach you things in lessons, or at least, not in my lesson taking experience.
Most of what I got in the typical lessons is how to improve my seat, posture, and well, how to better my general riding in the three gaits. Going on trails, I had to use a lot more skills to keep the ride safe and enjoyable for everyone.
So, because of this line of thinking, it made me kind of wonder about the validity of lessons, in my own personal experience. What I have concluded is, if I need to work on my seat, posture or what not, trails are good experience for this for practice. And if I want to up my experience level in a more classical, or refined way (such as going into a specific discipline: ex: Dressage) I would desire lessons.
What are your thoughts?