Okay please dont get me wrong here... I LOVE
taking riding lessons and wouldnt trade it for anything; I know im technically complaining here about it, but Im also wondering if any of you have had a similar problem while taking group lessons?
Im 15, and I have riding lessons every Sunday, in a group lesson with two younger girls, one is 7 and the other is 8. These two are quite close friends (out of riding too). I always get my lesson 45 minuetes early, which is encouraged (for me, anyway.. not exactly the other 2 because of them not knowing what to do or making a mess) and I help clean up around the barn and give Oliver (the horse I ride-- hes not mine) a good brushing and just hangout for a bit. My trainer and I have quite a close relationship and get alone really well (another reason I arrive earlier). Anyway, the other 2 girls are loud and quite annoying, and are always quite late for the lesson, and once they are fully tacked and ready to start warming up, theres only 40 mins left of the hour group lesson left for them. Lucky for me, I get in the ring as soon as the other lesson has cleared, and so i get a full hour (as we are soposed to) and I am already fully tacked and have taken Oliver for a walk to warmup around the ring, I have lots of alone time in the so called 'group lesson'.
The fustration my trainer and I have gotten is not out of the ring, but in it.
I have riden for JUST over a year now, and the other two girls have been riding for 4 years. (i am totally serious here.. yes. for YEARS.) ... and are still not able to fully trott around the ring. I know every body learns at their own pace and all, but I mean, come on. Im cantering and started jumping 3 weeks, and can at least tack on my own.. i dont see their excuse there because I took riding lessons once every 2 weeks, and JUST started taking them every week. I understand I am older then them and all, but it has gotten to the point were even our trainer is starting to wonder why its taking so long for them to complete a simple trott. I dont mean to sound rude or anything, but yeah.
Because of this, while I am trying to learn different techniques from our trainer, they are all over the place, crossing in front of me and claiming they need breaks, or want to try a different horse.
Its just fustrating, you know? Having them cut me off dangerously close (my trainer has has MANY talks about how dangerous this is, for the horse and yourself), having to listen to them whine about how unhappy they are with the horses they ride even though they insist to change every lesson. My trainer has taken me aside to ask if I wanted to switch times for the lesson.. to get away from them, but I turned it down because I want to stay on by buddy Oliver
Does anyone have any tips or similar stories? Or possible and explantion on why they are unable to trott aroud the ring a full lap? (they usually stop halfway).
ok im sorry for the rant and im sorry if you actually read that all haha didnt know it was going to be THAT long!