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post #1 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Help! I'm not sure of what to do...

So, this coming spring, my mom said I might be able to take lessons. The place I want to take lessons at costs $40 per lesson (private). I want to take either dressage or jumping lessons (I'm not sure which I want to do yet, and I'd like to focus on one only), and eventually I'd like to lease a horse and compete. The problem I have is that my family doesn't have much money, and I'm not old enough to get a job yet. I am extremely passionate about doing this. It's something I've always wanted to do, but I just have no idea how we're going to be able to pay for it. I mean, the lessons, I would only be able to do about 2 times a month, and that wouldn't get me very far as far as competing goes. Should I see if I can work at the barn for free lessons? I am 13 now, but by spring I'll be 14. I don't know what else I should do. Suggestions/input would be awesome! Thanks! :)

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the double post, but I'd also like to add that I have not ridden english before. I don't know if I should just join jumping or dressage lessons, or if I should see if they have general english lessons for me to learn the basics of english riding first?

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:29 PM
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Personally, I would start with dressage. Jumping is just dressage with obstacles, so if you've got a good dressage foundation jumping will be an easy transition.
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I'll do that. But I'm still not sure of how I'm going to pay for enough lessons to get me on the road to competing. Let's not forget how much it'll cost to lease.

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:52 PM
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We all have to start somewhere. One thing at a time. Don't get ahead of yourself.

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. So, first priority: Lessons. How often would you reccomend doing them just to get started?

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post #7 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 07:04 PM
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Once a week, if you can afford it. I am also not sure why you need private lessons? Group can be fun, and you also learn there, for less $$, altho others may disagree. I have always loved group lessons. Privates when I was concentrating on a particular issue I was having trouble with.

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post #8 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. I thought it would be better for me to do private lessons so I could focus a little more with the trainer. But maybe I will look into group or semi-private lessons. It would be a good idea.

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post #9 of 15 Old 10-25-2010, 07:18 PM
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With group lessons you can also see what others are doing and when the instructor points something out to them its a good way to do a "self-check" on you and your horse. And maybe to start with you could find a less expensive place then move up as you get better.
Besides, you'll meet some new friends.
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-26-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that's very true. I get nervous sometimes anyway when the focus is all on me so group would definetly be the best for me.

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