I feel stuck. advice please
Well I've been thinking this for awhile now and I just feel like i'm not getting anywhere with my riding. I feel like I don't know anything and I want to try new things, I want to compete and learn English riding, but I feel like I can't. All of the good barns are far away and my parents don't want me to take lessons. Im getting a job so I can pay for them myself but ugh, I have no support. Ideally I would want to go to a barn like this: http://www.galaxyfarms.us/gallery.asp?start=145
I mean that place looks amazing! Thats prolly my dream barn lol.
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If your parents don't want you to go, tough luck, there really isn't much you can do.
Do you own a horse? Try finding a trainer that will come to you.
Offer to pay for your lessons AND pay for your parents' gas money / something to do while they're waiting for you to finish your lesson.
Offer to do extra chores (on top of what you already do, things your parents would handle daily).
Aside from that, it's really up to your parents.
Nothing we can say in terms of advice. If you want lessons, you need to find the means to pay for them and to transport yourself to and from the lessons. Whether it's from your parents or from your job, if you can't get those two things, then you can't have lessons.
I've got no idea whether or not you own your own horse, so I'm assuming not.
How a barn looks shouldn't be the reason why you want to lesson there.
The info at the bottom of your post indicates you have a horse. That's great! Get a used English saddle (have someone who knows saddles help you), buy it with your work money and try it out. Or better yet, find a generous soul to lend you one and try it out before you buy.
I know, we in the U.S., seem to favor lessons for many things. And, while having the input of a very knowledgeable person in nice, if you can't do - you can't do it. At this time.
I wouldn't let that stop me. Have fun!
You might try searching online for available instruction videos. It's not the same as a live instructor but it might give you some good pointers.
It's a good thing to want to increase your knowledge and improve your skills!
Even if you can't get instruction or english tack you can still practice. Pick up a cheap snaffle (if you don't have one already) and start learning to ride with contact. Work on English figures, bending, circles. Active trots, rounded canters, posting at the trot etc. You can do all this with a western saddle.
When you can, practice riding in a dressage saddle, and work on using your balance and seat. That way, when you have the opportunity for lessons, you'll be part way there.
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