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post #1 of 9 Old 08-30-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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When is it ok to stop lessons for those not showing/competing?

So due to some circumstances currently with where I board and take lessons from, I am most likely bringing my horses home and may be on the hunt for a new trainer. My issue is though, even though I'm in Montana, the town I'm in the active horse community is either so small, or so hidden there is virtually nothing, so it may be quite awhile before I find another trainer.

This got me thinking, because I'm not going to show or compete, how important is it to continue with lessons that are getting close to that level? I'm never going to show what I've learned or attempt to earn money from it. I'm at the stage where most of my lessons are consisting of teaching my horse instead of perfecting myself.

Is it possible from this point on with the resources out there to continue my horses training and my education on my own, resorting to outside help if there's an issue I can't resolve myself? How important is it for when up on the mountains you to be riding correctly as when showing?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-30-2013, 01:09 PM
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It's all a matter of opinion. There are people out there who have never had a lesson and they jump on and teach themselves. We had one such young rider on HF about a month ago and was bragging about how she trains professionally.

Now, IMO, that is not a very good way of learning for you or the horse. I think you should be comfortable doing WTC, have a good handle of safety and be able to recognize when your having a problem with both your riding and your horse.

Lessons everyone once in a while arent a bad idea just to make sure your on the right track, but probably not necessary. Personally, I like the challenge. A good instructor should be able to challenge your skills.
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Lots of people never take lessons. I took lessons for 4-5 months, but haven't since. If you aren't showing, aren't jumping, and have mastered keeping your horse between you and the ground...well, there are a lot of books you can buy off Amazon to keep you growing, and you can post videos here on HF and ask for comments.
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I'm a big proponent of having a trainer regardless of whether or not you show, etc. There's always something new you can learn or improve and it keeps you from slipping into bad habits. Even if you are at a stage where you can fix most problems you might be having with your horse, etc. it's always good to have that second opinion or if you're really stuck, can say, "Hey, would you help me with this?"

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-30-2013, 01:49 PM
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I'm of the opinion you can get by without a trainer. Don't stop thinking, though - stay curious about all things horsey, stay honest and analytical about yourself (this is the key; I believe that is why, whether they acknowledge it or not, self taught people succeed). Commit to developing safe riding habits and knowledgeable horsemanship and you'll be OK. There are lots of dvds, books and online info out there that will be useful to you so make use of them.
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I do want to continue learning as much as
possibly, why its hard for me to stop, but I'm the type of person who is fully capable of going at things without a teacher, I would just be missing another set of eyes and opinions from the ground, but I also understand that multiple opinions like on forums has benifits too.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-30-2013, 07:08 PM
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When up on the mountains suggests trail riding.
More of a safety concern, I'm sure you already have the basics down!

I hope you can find others to ride with though!

Montana must have some horse community.

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There are thousands of riders who have learned to work it out with their horse with or without a few lessons. Horses like to get along and will adapt.

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You know it really comes down to what type of rider you are and how do you learn. Some people have that natural talent and teach themselves and do fantastic. Others need that constant training to correct or improve themselves. Growing up a friend of mine never had a coach and took lessons the odd week. She cleaned up at every single jumper show she went to. She was a phenomenal rider. To this day she now competes at both jumpers and dressage. She's absolutely fantastic.
Training is not just for people who show. The purpose of training and lessons is to improve yourself and correct those issues that arise from your riding.
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