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post #1 of 15 Old 04-18-2015, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Had a great first lesson today

Really have no one to share my joy in horse adventures so figured I'd post here.

I've mentioned before that I rode for several years as a teen, but never had any formal training. I picked up a few tips a long the way, but most of it was winging it as I went. I did a few lessons a few years ago, but they felt rushed and I didn't learn much.

My trainer today really took in everything I've told her about my experience and took me back to the basics and taught me everything I should've already known. We went through everything from leading the horse, to grooming, to tacking up, to basic interaction with the horse. She was very thorough explaining every tool to me, demonstrating, and then allowing me to do it myself. We were not on a rushed time schedule. It was simply done when we'd covered everything she wanted to cover. There was even another trainer present helping out and she gave me great tips and instruction as well. It was great being able to ask questions and get well explained answers. At the end we did a short guided ride with me just focusing on my balance and positioning.

Afterwards, I sat and talked with the other trainer while mine went on to another lesson, and she was great answering all the questions I had. Both have assured me that they will be there when I am ready to purchase a horse and assist me with making a good purchase. I think I learned more today than I have in all those years I rode for fun and am SO looking forward to the next lesson.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-18-2015, 07:21 PM
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how nice is that!
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post #3 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 09:27 AM
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Yea for you! Hope you have many great lessons and rides.
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 11:33 AM
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Great news ! I think I can speak for all of us on the forum that it was a pleasure to see someone wanting to make an intelligent choice about getting back into horses and riding. Have a good time and keep us posted.
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 11:40 AM
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Oh I'm so glad to hear that! I'm in the same boat. Took lessons in the summer with a lady who I didn't really get along with. She gave me the "I'm better than you because I have money" impression and I didn't learn much.. I switched instructors, but I was very nervous as the last one made me feel like I couldn't ride and I really thought about giving up. Well now we're doing great! She's just like your instructor, we started on the lunge line because of my past accident, (which my last instructor wouldn't let me do) and started with no stirrups and arm circles at a walk and trot. All I thought was "What did I learn all summer??" I'm glad you found someone to click with! It's a wonderful experience.
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 12:44 PM
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:):):):):):):):):):):) Glad to hear!
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Sounds like you found a really good place to learn where the trainers work together for the clientele instead of against each other. ---really great to hear that!
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Oh I'm so glad to hear that! I'm in the same boat. Took lessons in the summer with a lady who I didn't really get along with. She gave me the "I'm better than you because I have money" impression and I didn't learn much.. I switched instructors, but I was very nervous as the last one made me feel like I couldn't ride and I really thought about giving up. Well now we're doing great! She's just like your instructor, we started on the lunge line because of my past accident, (which my last instructor wouldn't let me do) and started with no stirrups and arm circles at a walk and trot. All I thought was "What did I learn all summer??" I'm glad you found someone to click with! It's a wonderful experience.
Yes! 2010 was the last time I took lessons and I really didn't learn anything about the basics. It was kinda like, "Get on the horse and let's go." I felt awkward, unbalanced, and unsafe on the horse in a discipline I'd never ridden before (saddleseat) and we were going into a trot halfway through the lesson.

I got so much valuable information from this lesson and it was tailored to building my knowledge and skill as a rider first. The trainer explained that once I was solid with the basics, then we could decide which discipline I wanted to get into and go from there.
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 02:50 PM
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Glad you enjoyed your 1st lesson.

I stopped taking lessons with my last instructor for awhile. I didn't feel like I was learning anything. I was taking riding lessons twice a week, and sometimes would get in an extra ground school lesson. I would get there early to groom and tack up so I would have my full hour riding lesson. The last few times I went she spent more time talking to her trail riding buddies, whom also boarded there. She would tell me "good job" with her back to me the whole time.
So I quit for awhile.

One night we met up at a show and was asked why I stopped coming and I told her. I went for another lesson and it went so well that I paid for lessons in advanced. On our 3rd lesson, things went back to the same way as before. I haven't been back since. I still have lessons paid for and once allergy season gets better, I'll go back and take the remainder of my lessons that I paid for. Then I'll be taking dressage lessons for awhile with another trainer at the same barn.

If you have a good instructor hold onto them. Good instructors are worth their weight in gold.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-19-2015, 08:54 PM
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Major congratulations ,if for no other reason that you are back in the saddle and realize the importance of lessons. Each new plateau you reach will be difficult, but oh so rewarding.
I see nothing wrong about thinking about ownership, although I would put that thought on hold until you get much deeper into your lessons.

Relax, ride and enjoy !
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