What to look for in a place to take lessons?
Hello everyone! I've been seriously considering buying a horse several years from now, but before I can do that I have a great deal to learn/relearn. The plan is, currently, to start by taking riding lessons again (I took riding lessons for about one year when I was 10 or so, but since then I've only been able to ride on the odd trail ride, and not very often at all) and possibly start volunteering at wherever I end up taking lessons.
I was just wondering what I should look for in a facility that offers riding lessons, and what sort of questions should I ask? I do not know for sure if the town I am going to for art school has any places that offer lessons, so I may have to wait until next summer.
As well, would any stable/riding facility even consider letting someone as un-experienced in horses voluteering? Or is it something fairly common?
These are the things I looked at when choosing amongst the stables in my vicinity:
Those are excellent.
The only thing I might add is:
What Discipline do they favor? If you want to ride Western Pleasure, Jumpers, trail riding, or Dressage, as examples, does the barn offer lessons to that end?
Thank you both! That list is very impressive, and very helpful!
I have been considering doing dressage, but I assume I am going to have to learn/relearn the basics before I start. How early into ones riding carrer does one enter the world of dressage anyway?
I would think that as soon as you are confident on a horse, balanced, and the basics of control and correction are second nature. There is no telling when that would be but it isn't going to happen in the first lesson or so (lol) so stick to it. :wink:
Haha, no worries, I wasn't expecting to jump into dressage. Thank you.
I do hope there once I start it will rather like riding a bike in that I can recall what little I learnt all those years ago.
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