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Should I stop taking lessons?

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        01-24-2011, 02:19 AM
    Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
    I agree with RBR. At this point, I don't think it matters what discipline you are riding, as long as you are building confidence and having fun. Down the road, when you are a more competent rider comfortable at w/t/c, then you can choose to specialize. Sounds like if you continue in a negative environment with an instructor with whom you are not comfortable with, it wouldn't be long until you gave up riding altogether. We all can get nervous at times, but it shouldn't be like that all the time.
    That's my thoughts on it too, I agree Yes everyone can get nervous a little but when the horse has started spooking everytime I get on it's just making me scared to actually get on anymore and I know that it is probably coming from within me why the horse is spooking oh heck! I will continue english and on the lunge for now and see how I go. One bonus is I pay 30 western lesson from 10.30am until 12 and we just hack and yesterday I Paid 20 for an hour so in theory I will probably get more 'learning' in the lunge lesson and might spend the extra ten to have two lunge lessons a week.
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        01-24-2011, 03:18 AM
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    Lungline lessons are like good as gold. You will learn so much and when you are back to riding your mare, your seat will be so much better than before. I envy you.
        01-24-2011, 09:57 AM
    Originally Posted by RATHER BE RIDING    
    First off you answered your own question...

    Regarding the lunge lesson, you said:

    Had a FAB TIME!
    Felt really excited
    Already booked another lesson, but want to squeeze another one in mid week

    Regarding the Western lesson you said:

    Don't want to go
    Getting frightened

    Trust yourself, listen to yourself!

    There is no rule that says that you can only ride one discipline. You had fun at your lesson and that is second only to actually learning something, but that does not mean that you can't do both at the same time. I truly think that you can learn more in your lunge lessons and I would punt the western lessons. In my opinion, the transition from English to Western is easier then the other way around. Learn to ride and build confidence riding English, then go home and ride your horse Western. Obviously there are some differences, but I think you can figure that out. I ride both English and Western. This is a case of the more you know, the better.
    Agreed 100%

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