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post #11 of 39 Old 12-10-2013, 09:20 AM
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Before I had a horse I would buy lesson packages because there was usually some perks to doing so. I usually had a guaranteed consistent timeslot (instead of scheduling each one individually) and had a discount off the price.
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Working on the lunge line can be very helpful if it's done correctly. Are they not using side reins on the horse? The whole purpose of the lunge line is to work on your seat so they usually take your reins away, attach side reins to the horse and then the instructor works the horse with a lunge whip and voice commands. If you are having to steer the horse on the lunge line, it takes away from your ability to work on your seat.

Regarding the tacking up time, could you arrange to arrive a little early so that you can tack up the horse and get it ready to go? That way it doesn't cut into your lesson time.
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post #13 of 39 Old 12-10-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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They were using a side rein, but the trainer kept telling me to steer the horse that's making the circle smaller and smaller. I have no problem and I'm no problem nor am I offended being on a lunge line. I ride on my own at the other barn all the time, so I actually would like to be able to learn something on lunge line.

But I'm not sure what they are teaching me, I warn up for 5 min and I literally have another 15 min left. I've never been on a lunge line other than this place so I wasn't sure how it was suppose to be done :(

As for tacking, they think that it's unsafe unless they watch you during the whole process...
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post #14 of 39 Old 12-10-2013, 12:45 PM
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It's ok if they want to watch you during the tacking up process but that shouldn't come out of your riding time. Steering while being lunged IMO defeats the purpose of the lunge lesson.

I would ask if they can change the format for the remaining lessons (off the lunge), and also ask if there is anything that can be done so that the tacking up time does not get deducted from your lesson time.
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Frlsgirl- very good suggestions! I actually like being on the lunge line if they are willing to take away the rein from me, I would love to be able to work a little on my canter seat, but who knows, they may think that I'm totally incapable of cantering and may fall off?
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Have you told them about your goal of sitting the canter better? Maybe they think you are happy with the current instruction? While I love the idea of having a good seat before moving on, I agree you can only learn so much trotting around in circles. I would talk to the instructor, mention that you have only so many lessons left in the package and would like to work on the canter before your lessons run out. That would at least force an answer on if they intend to stay on the current boring course.
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post #17 of 39 Old 12-10-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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No I haven't. I wanted to check in he first in fear that it will come across that I'm full of myself, thinking that after 4 months of riding, I'm too good to be on lunge line. When I wrote my original post, someone thought I meant that after 4 months, I'm solid. What I meant was I was better than I was 4 months ago. More solid was what I wrote, maybe my English or expression was bad.
I don't want to come across that I'm too good to be on a lunge line,,.
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FWIW riders at our barn are NEVER started on a longe line. They work independently on the slow/pokey horses in the small arena until they are safe to move to the big group arena, and then they move. Longes are never used, and I've seen a lot of success stories and nothing more than a "I fell off" so far as injuries, and even that is very, very seldom.

I'd think that after 4 months you should be riding 100% independently unless you're a very timid or unsure rider. Ultimately only you can gauge that as we haven't seen you ride, but if you think you should be riding more independently...speak up - it's possible your coach is thinking that YOU want more basic groundwork. Tell him/her what you want, and if he/she thinks it's safe you should move on immediately.
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tinily, my family used to buy ten group lessons for 100 Euro, at one barn, and at the other pay for them monthly. The lessons at the one barn were distributed among my older brother and sister and mother, and mine were mostly at the monthly barn. (I was younger, more of a scaredy cat, I needed one on one lessons) It was like this for a good long while.

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FWIW riders at our barn are NEVER started on a longe line. They work independently on the slow/pokey horses in the small arena until they are safe to move to the big group arena, and then they move. Longes are never used, and I've seen a lot of success stories and nothing more than a "I fell off" so far as injuries, and even that is very, very seldom.

I'd think that after 4 months you should be riding 100% independently unless you're a very timid or unsure rider. Ultimately only you can gauge that as we haven't seen you ride, but if you think you should be riding more independently...speak up - it's possible your coach is thinking that YOU want more basic groundwork. Tell him/her what you want, and if he/she thinks it's safe you should move on immediately.
I am 100% independent rider at my man barn, I have a lease horse that I take out on trail rides, open field rides alone, I ride bareback all the time too. I just wasn't sure if this barn is diff.

If the lunge season teaches me something, I don't mind, but going in circle trotting doesn't help me :/
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