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post #1 of 7 Old 02-27-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about where to get Lessons

Okay, not sure if this is the best forum to ask this but here goes .

Heres the deal. I have been out of lessons for over 15 years (aging myself I know, LOL). In the meantime I have ridden a lot as I had my horses at my house. About 7 years ago I stopped riding as my horses were too old with some health issues that made it uncomfortable for them to be ridden on a regular basis. Two years ago I started riding again and last year bought a horse. The riding I have been doing is a lot of bareback trails, trying to train my 8 yr old QH (sometimes like the blind leading the blind ), and a little gaming. Right now I ride about 3-5 days a week anywhere from 30mins to 3 hrs (during the spring-fall at least). My previous lessons were in an english hunter/jumper show barn.

Long story short, I would like to start lessons again to improve my riding skills and help me train my horse. I wouldn't be able to afford to board him and train with him on a regular basis, but I figure anything that improves my riding ability will be good for him. I am interesting in jumping and dressage lessons, maybe eventing at some point. Don't know if he will be good at that but he's in his forever home so if it doesn't work with him he'll still get to trail ride and do games etc. What I am wondering is how to go about finding a good stable in my area, what I should look for, what kind of questions should I ask? This may seem a little dumb, but I like to go into a situation with my eyes wide open and seeing as how snotty these stables can be sometimes, I'd prefer not to go in there all country bumpkinish . Anything you guys can suggest would be great and would help give me a jumping off point.

Thanks for your help!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-27-2009, 06:02 PM
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I'm not from MN, but you can try doing a google search for riding barns. You can see if either a. you can trailer your horse to the barn to take lessons or b. have the trainer come out to your house and give you lessons.

You could go to your local tack shop and ask them for some barns/trainers in the area and call them up and ask them about what you want to do. Or you could even put up a flyer and see what you get.
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Take a look at the quality of the facilities and any horses in their care, particularly lesson horses rather than those owned by boarders. If they take care of their horses they're less likely to push you to ride in a way that could damage yours. Observe a few lessons with different instructors, see how they run things and whether they seem knowledgeable and able to tailor information level and learning style to the rider. Ask them what they specialise in or would be able to help you with learning.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-27-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Great ideas, I've spoken with a couple of tack shops (the one looked at me like I was nuts, but the other was good). I will try some more in the area. I do definitely need help figuring out how to determine if me and the trainer would be a good fit and if they would work for Soda when I bring him into the lessons. Thanks for your help!

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someone could be a grand prix rider, and you don't get along with them or like how they teach.

See if you could take a mini lesson to see how they teach, if you like it and how well you two get along.

Or maybe ask them how they would help solve a problem you are having with your horse.

Another thing you could do is watch them teach a lesson. That way you can simply observe. You can see how the trainer gets his/her point across to the students and how the students understand what to do.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-03-2009, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your help everybody!! Now down to the dirty work, good thing I have spring break coming up and the bf is out of town for a month plenty of time to concentrate on whats important, LOL.
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