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    09-09-2012, 12:54 AM
Are you lessons strenuous?

So, my instructor's lesson plan is as follows:

Groom, tack, mount, go to the ring.
Do serpentines, figure 8s etc at the walk
Do serpentines, figure 8s etc at the walk

Change direction


I haven't taken lessons in years, but that's all we did

My friend was telling me about her lesson.
From the small amount she's told me, it seems way harder than what I did.

Her trainer's lessons goes as follows:

Walk, at the 2 pt
Drop your stirrups, go around at the sitting trot once, posting trot twice.
Change direction and repeat.
Pick up your stirrups, continue trotting.
Stay up for two beats and then down for one. Continue as long as she likes.
Stay up 3 beats and down for two. Continue as long as she likes

Then we never got onto the cantering and anything else

Does anyone else have such interesting lessons?! I'm jealous
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    09-09-2012, 01:11 AM
My lesson on my mare sounds like the easy one with serpentines, but she is learning about bending. My lesson with my gelding consists of jumping courses and grids and getting him to balance. My lessons are tough for me and my horses, but that means you are working on the right stuff!

When I first started riding I would have to do TONS of leg exersizes with no stirrups. One day we had to jump an entire lesson with a strip of paper held between our calves and the saddle. If you dropped tha paper, you had to get off, do a 1 minute wall sit, then get back on without the mounting block (I was a second grader riding a 16hh horse!)

The lesson will depend on what you need to work on. I found out a long time ago that if you stop comparing yourself to others, then you succeed faster. If you want to try some new exersizes, ask your trainer, or go for it when you ride by yourself
    09-09-2012, 01:13 AM
If that's your first lesson in years, you shouldn't expect to be doing anything too 'exciting'. Your trainer was probably just trying to assess where you are at, to formulate future lesson plans.

My lessons are strenuous, due to the level at which I am riding. Generally I finish my lesson puffing and sore, my core is aching and my horse is generally sweating considerably.
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    09-09-2012, 01:15 AM
My lessons are different every week depending on what I want to work on, what my trainer thinks I should work on and which horse I'm riding. I've had lessons where we worked on canter transitions the whole time, and times when we worked on circles, pace and position at the trot only.

Have you talked to your trainer to ask if you can do something different in your lessons? How many lessons have you had with them?
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    09-09-2012, 01:16 AM
Same Kayty.

I ride western but I come out of lessons abolsutely worn out and exhausted from the level of work and degree of difficulty we have reached.
    09-09-2012, 01:18 AM

I haven't taken lessons in a long time since I only board their now
I watch her other lessons, and they're all the same no matter the level of the rider.


I stopped taking lessons a few years ago, before that I had taken a lesson every week for 10 years
    09-09-2012, 01:19 AM
Have you asked your instructor about her reasoning behind what you do in your lessons? It's tough to compare because it depends on what the individual rider needs to work on. I haven't been in lessons for a few years but couldn't describe how they were set up, it depended on what we were working on. Some were a real workout, and others were more mentally challenging.

If you're just getting back into lessons it could be that the instructor is still getting an idea of where you're at, but if we're talking several months of the same thing with no real instruction going on I'd be skeptical
    09-09-2012, 01:21 AM
I'm assuming it's because my BO was never really trained to be a trainer? If that makes sense. She just goes off what she knows.

We have a fancier barn of eventers next door and they were kind enough to let me watch a few of their lessons.
I took a few things from them to do while I ride.
Definitely more of a work out. Haha
    09-09-2012, 01:23 AM
If all of the lessons are the same, no matter what the rider level, then I'd either be speaking to the coach about it, or finding someone else to train with.
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    09-09-2012, 01:26 AM
I'm not really looking for lessons. I was just wondering if most trainers have intricate lesson patterns instead of just basic stuff for EVERYONE

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