Originally Posted by equitate
One 30 minute lesson a week is not enough imho to teach a kid to be able to jump. What are they doing in the lesson? Work on a lunge? All three gaits? With contact? With and without stirrups? Two point? There has to be some sort of confidence by the horse in the rider as well.
I think the trainer built it up really nicely, actually, even with the 30 minutes lessons. Most lessons she'd do 2-point and all gaits, every third lesson or so she'd do gaits without stirrups...She started there with a couple of months on the lunge--all gaits, no stirrups, no hands, and all kind of balance exercises.
For the last 5-6 month she was doing cavalletti with raised poles at canter.
I think it was a good program, but I just wish the lessons were longer. Now we found longer lessons, but she also changed disciplines, and her first 4 lessons she mostly worked on steering, which she really loved.
The new place seems to be very different in the style of teaching, and I don't know yet which one is best, but the atmosphere is more positive in the new barn.