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post #11 of 16 Old 06-22-2012, 11:35 AM
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I dont know about prices, but group lessons aren't all that bad. For the first few lessons, deffiantely go private so you have one on one advice about position and all the basics.

In group lessons the instructors attention is divided, yes, but inbetween the attention you can try out slightly different things, like elbow flexion, leg position, shoulder relaxation etc and see how it affects your ride. I had group lessons for 10 years since I was 5 and it was... slow progression at times, but once I was old enough to try things on my own, I progressed quicker than my bestfriend who didn't use her initiative as much as she could have and didn't make the most of her time. She gets distracted more easily haha She's still an excelent rider IMO, just has a little less individuality in her riding style than other people I have observed doing as I did.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-23-2012, 03:01 PM
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Where I live, lessons vary from $35/hr, up to (wait for it!) $75/hr-! During the $75 lesson, the (rude to begin with!) "instructor" spends the whole time texting on her phone, per my very reliable source-- AND THIS IS AT A BARN which CHARGES $750 per month to board!!!!

As stated by Corazon and Horseless, it is therefore VERY important to check out the barn before you sign up for lessons!! It just goes to show that even at the "super fancy" barns, the lessons are not by any means going to be better than at other barns!

By the lessons are $35, they last "as long as it takes", meaning, maybe 1 hour, maybe 90 min of saddle time, plus before and after horse and tack care "lessons". My trainer only takes on so many students so she can really be sure sure gives each one what they and their horse need to complete the learning process for that day and end on a positive note, regardless of how tough the lesson (for most have their own horses and board there, whereas I ride one or the other of her personal horses).

The REALLY interesting thing about this long story is that these two stables (the $35 & the $75 lessons) are just about two miles from each other, are EACH are multimillion dollar facilities (gorgeous!) & both are primarily dressage barns, so lots of money in their horses and breeding, etc....(I am FAR from wealthy, I just happen to live somewhat near these stables!). Anyway, at the super-expensive barn with the texting trainer, you FEEL NERVOUS just walking onto the, there is a negative "vibe", as per myself, my husband, and my friend who I volunteer with.

On the other hand, as soon as you set foot on my trainer's barn property, you feel AWESOME, ready to learn, everyone is open and friendly and she greets everyone with a hug if you are a "hugger" or a big wave if you aren't! :0)

My point with all this...good training at the RIGHT BARN (whatever that means for YOU) will DRASTICALLY EFFECT how much you enjoy the discipline, the actual riding, and how fast you learn. You, at 17, will be spending your own HARD EARNED MONEY, possibly for the first time ever, so it's really important you learn how to be a choosy consumer, and only spend your money if it is worthwhile and makes YOU GAIN SKILL AND FEEL GOOD!!

Very best of luck to you!!!
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-23-2012, 05:12 PM
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I'm not in your area, but my lessons are $60 for an hour private lesson. They are $45 for a semi-private (two people) for an hour.
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-24-2012, 06:33 AM
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The rates I pay are line with Kitten Val. The lessons I got were fairly short (around 30 minutes, including warm up and cool down) when I started because I didn't have the muscles built up to go for long periods without getting sloppy. Now they're usually 45 minutes (not including warm up or cool down).

Private lessons work best for me, but I like group ones from time to time, just for the experience riding with a bunch of other riders in the ring. The open shows around here (I don't know about other areas) all involve mass-rides at some point, may have 10 horses in the arena trotting and cantering at once, so it's good to have some prior experience with that first if you think you might want to show. If you're not planning to do that, then sticking with the privates should be a good use of your time. (And if you get an instructor at a private that isn't paying attention, like someone else said above, get another instructor...)
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-24-2012, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback View Post
Where I live, lessons vary from $35/hr, up to (wait for it!) $75/hr-! During the $75 lesson, the (rude to begin with!) "instructor" spends the whole time texting on her phone, per my very reliable source-- AND THIS IS AT A BARN which CHARGES $750 per month to board!!!!
I've had that happen with one instructor and the lessons were $50 for a half hour. It was a tense moment because I speak my mind and told her word for word "Pay attention. I'm not paying you to screw with your phone!" and you better believe she never did that again. :)

People need to speak up when these things happen. We pay good money for lessons and if the instructor is doing something other than focusing on us they need to be told to knock it off. They work for us, not the other way around.
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