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Velvetgrace 02-03-2009 09:04 AM

How many lessons???
I have been trying to find a trainer that could give lessons for western riding. My goal is to be better balanced and to be able to ride at a lope or canter without holding onto the horn. I have several years of riding experience, but just lack some confidence to ride freely. Although I am very comfortable riding at a walk and a trot.

My problem is this person charges $65/hour and is 1 hour from my home. Which would limit me to only riding on the weekend.

Would like to know approx. how many lessons it would take for someone to get up to the next level of riding.

farmpony84 02-03-2009 09:07 AM

wow... that is really high... at least for my area it is. How many lessons really depends on you and how you progress....

TipTop 02-03-2009 03:12 PM

How calm is your horse? You can do exercises that will help with your balance on the horse. Do you have someone you can work with? I have read Richard Shrake and he has some great exercises that you can do to help with your balance which would help you to sit the lope.

Equuestriaan 02-04-2009 08:04 AM

I take one lesson a week and I feel like I'm improving every time. So don't worry. xD

bgood400 02-05-2009 06:30 PM

I think one lesson a week should do the job. The price does seem a little high. What type of showing, and experience does the trainer have?

Velvetgrace 02-10-2009 01:56 PM

The trainer has experience in reining and has horse that I could eventually ride for a lesson or two on reining. However, I am willing to take the lessons for more experience, but don't want to spend for ever taking them as because I cannot afford to take them for an extended period of time. I do have some money saved up for it though.

mls 02-10-2009 03:40 PM

There is no set time table. People and horses learn at different speeds.

I would suggest a basic instructor and then move up to the reiner. The reiner can command type of fee. A basic instructor should be under $50 an hour.

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