I'm a beginner rider (learning to canter). I've been taking lessons every other week (except in the winter) for a while now (three years?), and this winter I've been exercising horses at a therapeutic riding barn once a week.
As happy as I am to be riding period, I feel like I'm stuck. I am not a naturally talented rider, and I need a lot of repetition before I am sufficient at something and can move on to another goal (I'm the same way in school, with art, and with music). Even riding once a week, I feel like I'm not progressing. I see some people who learn to walk/trot/canter/jump with just a weekly Saturday afternoon lesson, and I'm like, I've been trotting for two years now...
So, what's wrong with me? Am I not taking enough lessons often enough, even though other people are far ahead of me with the same amount of riding time?
I haven't seen my instructor since the beginning of the winter. Is this something I should mention to her? I don't want to seem ungrateful, because she has stuck with me for so long and hasn't also become frustrated with me. I just don't understand why I don't progress.
Has anyone else had experience with something like this?
Thanks in advance!