I'm a newbie here and to horses. Last month I began to take lessons. superexcitingyay! I'm also sooo very sorry for this long post! I would like to set a goal for myself of what I'd like to be able to do by the end of the year but I don't know what's realistic? Also, what kind of schedule do horse coaches take with their students usually?
I am now in month 2 of lessons with a private coach who does lessons out of her own barn with her own horses. I started out going once a week for one hour (hour and a half sometimes). Once we started trotting I began trying to squeeze in twice a week. I'm not sure how many lessons I've had at this point. I would say I've had about 6 or 7 lessons or so?
So my question is- where are lessons usually at, at this point?
I am still working on trotting and have yet to try the canter/lope (is there a difference?). I've been off the lead rope for the last 3 or 4, started in a Western saddle but switched to an English saddle. Monday I did walking figure 8's over poles trying to get him to get the correct leg over first. It was only his (yes, the horse's), second time trying it though lol. I also did trotting over poles, both sitting and practicing posting. I'm better at steering when sitting the trot but I'm working hard at getting everything synced up with my posture, leg pressure, getting him to keep going, keeping on the right diagonal and steering while posting. (Which is harder than I though it'd be!)
She said she wants to make sure I have everything down before trying anything faster which I'm fine with. And I know I'm out of shape so maybe that's why I feel like I will never get past trotting and learn the canter. XD I'm just being impatient. I want to learn it all now! I love my coach so much but I don't want to ask and let her know I am impatient with myself lol.
I just wondered how other teachers went about teaching things and what I should expect in the upcoming lessons/months.