Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think everyone always has more to learn. There isn't anyone who knows everything. Riding lessons are beneficial to all people.
Maybe don't look for an "establishment" that gives lessons. Ask around at your local tack store or riding club and they might know of a good teacher who will come out and give lessons to you.
Be discerning about your instructor. Just because they are at a riding school, or because lots of people use them, doesn't mean that they are right for you. I think there is a lot of incorrect, and often dangerous, riding these days because many of the instructors just aren't good. Many people think an instructor knows best but sometimes they don't, in most places it isn't too hard to get an instructing qualification, and these look at set achievements and basic knowledge rather than methods, abilities and experiences.
Maybe take a video of yourself riding and look at it. Make an honest assessment of what you need to improve on, maybe even put a video up on here. Then look at your horse and your riding, what do you want to achieve? Note these things down. During your lesson see if your instructor picks up what you think are your flaws. See if they ask what you want to learn, and what you want to do. Some instructors only teach you what they want you to do and learn, not what you want to do.
If you can't find an instructor you like consider joining a riding club, or keeping an eye out for clinics. A two day clinic every few months can give you new things to work for and offer a critical eye to look over your riding and your training.
Instructor's can teach you new ways of doing things, notice problems, and just watch your ride - something you can't really do.
I would recommend lessons, although try to get them on your own horse. Riding school horses are often well trained and quiet, and because of this your weaknesses that effect your everyday riding will not be apparent.