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post #21 of 26 Old 03-20-2013, 06:41 PM
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30 minutes once a week seems kind of short to me, does the time start the minute the child hits the seat? I agree wholeheartily with everything Cherie posted.
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post #22 of 26 Old 03-20-2013, 07:03 PM
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30 minutes once a week seems kind of short to me, does the time start the minute the child hits the seat? I agree wholeheartily with everything Cherie posted.
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Me, too. Yes, it's great to learn how to handle a horse that's acting up. But it's not realistic to expect a child to do this if the instructor doesn't teach them how, if they don't have much riding experience, and if they end up so badly hurt or shook up that they stop riding (fortunately that didn't happen to your kid).

I don't really know what went on, but from what you described, the instructor didn't handle the situation very well. Horses can be very dangerous, especially when riders are young and inexperienced.
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-20-2013, 07:41 PM
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Okay I see your point now. Deserthorsewoman, I too am "old schooled" in terms of drawing out each lesson so one learns correctly the entire way before he or she advances.

But little ones can improve a lot in just one lesson, especially if on a horse that is forgiving. I would definitely not rush to jump (I don't even jump) but if the rider had a secure seat in walk trot, and canter.. then yeah it'd be logical to try the next step up.

And wouldn't it be 26 hours? 52 weeks, 30 mins per week... 26 hours...?
LOL, I took the easy math, 12 months X2 hours.
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post #24 of 26 Old 03-21-2013, 11:08 AM
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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.
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post #25 of 26 Old 03-21-2013, 11:37 AM
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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.
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-24-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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