(working the job that I do currently aka sitting at a computer all day, I'm going to have 10 million horseforum posts in no time!)
I want to get started in reining. I have a 12 year old mare (will be 13 in August) who is an arab/draft mix... not exactly your classic reining horse but I know she'll be fine at the lower levels.
I could probably figure some of it out on my own but in order to avoid training her the wrong ways and picking up bad habits I want to start out with lessons or a clinic.
My question is - should I opt for a few lessons, or do a reining "school"? There is a JP Forget reining school at the end of June that will be within driving distance for me. I *believe* it's 5 days, but I think it costs around $850 (I heard that from someone but it could be more or could be less). That includes I think 2 or 2.5 hours in the saddle each day.
My other option is to do lessons. HOWEVER, I will probably need to trailer between 2 and 3 hours ONE WAY for each lesson as I don't think there are any instructors/trainers where I'm going to be living. But, if lessons were $50 *(I know that could be a low estimate) I could take 17 lessons for the same cost as that clinic ... course, I'd have to factor in gas mileage on top of that, and maybe have to camp overnight too.
I'm sort of wary about the reining school because I just don't know how much info my mare and I can absorb in just 5 days... I feel like it might be rushed, with so much learning packed into a short time. BUT it'd be pretty darn convenient rather than driving back and forth to lessons once every two weeks or whatever.
PLUS, we're beginners. I've been riding for my entire life but have never taken lessons or been very competitive so I really only have basic knowledge of collection, working off the hind end, etc. Would the school be sort of a waste of money for me at this point?