Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I find group lessons to be very frustrating. I dislike them because the coach cannot spread themselves properly over all the riders to give them the focus and interest that each indavidual rider needs.
Is there any way you can get into Private Lessons? I peronally prefer private because I get the coaches full attention, 1 on 1. Whether it be a full 1 hour or 1/2 hour -regardless, the coach is there fully focused on you.
If not, find a friend who is educated enough to help you out. Do you have access to your horse anytime you want? Or are you on lesson horses that belong to the barn?
Reinless Lunge Line work is very invaluable - you are forced to focus on your seat and your legs. You learn how to use them, you learn to feel where they are. You learn so much and obtain so much by focusing on the more important parts of your body, and not relying so much on your hands.
You can really develop your leg as well. You learn to use them in accordance with your seat, and your seat in accordance with your leg. You are focused to lengthen you leg and sink into your heels - you realize that when you grip your knees, you've now disrupted the natural abillity of your leg to function.
Also, lots of two point work - hours apon hours apon hours of it.
But this is only valuable if you have access to a horse outside of lessons.