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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2013, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Where did you get after a year of riding lessons?

What did you learn after a year of lessons? What did you achieve? How far did you advance?

Just curious as too see what others learnt after a year of lessons.

-After a year of riding lessons I learnt a lot about caring for horses but not enough that I could own a horse, i learnt about different tack and how to use it, riding wise, i learnt how to do both a rising trot and sitting trot, i leant about diagonals, i learnt how to canter, i learnt how to 2point and how to jump at a trot, i finished the year learning how to two point at a canter.

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I learned how to groom, tack up, lead, (the basic things), and I can walk, trot, and lope. I also do poles and flags, and am currently learning barrels! I'd say I got real far.
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After my first year of hourly lessons, about the only thing I had learned was how to control my bladder so that I didn't require a toilet break halfway through. Please bear in mind that I was only 3 at the time . . .
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Haha nice one :) looks like both of you learnt some important stuff

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To a new barn The first one I was at stuck me (a new-to-riding 11 year old kid) in a huge group lesson with people who were cantering fairly high jumps. The trainer would just tell me to trot over some poles and occasionally interact with me.

Once I moved to the new barn I was cantering, had popped over a couple of jumps for fun, and was having the time of my life in my weekly lessons. I could tack up and warm the horse up on my own, and my balance had improved greatly.
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Talking Not a thread hijack, but along those lines....

I just started lessons last month. 1 lesson a week.

so along these lines, do you a) use a schooling horse or b) own your own

and how often do you practice between lessons?

I think it would be interested to hear not only what you learned in a year, but how hard/often did you work to achieve that?

Thanks!!
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I just started lessons last month. 1 lesson a week.

so along these lines, do you a) use a schooling horse or b) own your own

and how often do you practice between lessons?

I think it would be interested to hear not only what you learned in a year, but how hard/often did you work to achieve that?

Thanks!!
When I started riding I was taking lessons on a school horse weekly. I didn't practice in between lessons because I didn't have my own horse. I started taking 2x weekly lessons maybe 6 months before I started looking for a horse (had been riding for about 4 years I guess)
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After a year of riding (Well 13months now) I can w/t/c/g, tack/untack/groom/wash/help with vets (holding the horses whilst the vet is injecting/tubing), jump (have done standard barrel on each side with a straightbar resting on top), leg yield, get horses on the bit, work a horse in frame/ask horse to engage his back, sit trot, two point, ride on the correct diagonal/change of rein, cue and ride extended trot, smooth transitions from trot/canter on the correct leads, what certain pieces of tack are used for, how to get a horse to work without a marketharborough and ask him down/reward and jump and land on the correct canter lead. I also brought an OTTB (the one I learnt on) back into work after he had had 4 weeks off after breaking a ladies ribs (he learnt he could get some riders off, and used it to his advantage - he never even put a foot wrong when I rode him after his break).
I learnt to ride on a OTTB gelding who was known to buck/bolt (and used to rear) but we made a great team once we bonded (he was not a people/horse loving horse), and now I am riding another OTTB gelding (I am not at a ridnig school, but am now being paid to ride this horse for a girl training for police).

The owner of the riding school also employed me as Team Manager after I had been riding for a couple months. I had previously worked at a stud and helped with breeding and raised an orphan foal, house sat (For both the stud and riding school - and I have been asked to look after the riding school again when they go away).

I'm pretty proud how my riding is going, I have a lot more to learn and cant wait to reflect back each year on my riding :)

Heres a picture of when I started, and a picture from this month.


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I just started lessons last month. 1 lesson a week.

so along these lines, do you a) use a schooling horse or b) own your own

and how often do you practice between lessons?

I think it would be interested to hear not only what you learned in a year, but how hard/often did you work to achieve that?

Thanks!!
I used to ride once a week for a hour, then after housesitting for the riding school I got two lessons a week (my normal one and a 1/2 hour one) until I used up the credit. I am now riding 3x a week (I have a riding journal here with my new OTTB including videos and pictures http://www.horseforum.com/member-jou...-dimka-255618/)

I used to ride a school horse (Pepe, 15.2hh Brown OTTB Gelding).

I was a very hard worker, and would get annoyed with myself if I didnt feel I was progressing as I should be, to the point one of my instructors (who I worked really well with) made me promise her not to be so hard on myself and that I am doing really well and should be proud - I am proud today, but still mark myself hard (hence concentration face in all my riding photos ).

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I just started lessons last month. 1 lesson a week.

so along these lines, do you a) use a schooling horse or b) own your own

and how often do you practice between lessons?

I think it would be interested to hear not only what you learned in a year, but how hard/often did you work to achieve that?

Thanks!!
I dont own my own horse, many reasons as to why, so i use the school horses. I ride a 13 year old thoroughbred gelding, i think he did eventing at one stage, not too sure.

I have fortnightly lessons, as its too hard to get out to were i ride every week, plus i have other commitments. I dont get any practise between lessons, im hoping to find somewhere were i can exercise horses, but until then all i have are my lessons, at least thats something .

-its good to hear how much everyones progressed over a year :)

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