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post #11 of 20 Old 04-06-2015, 03:29 PM
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What do I think? I think you must want to learn to ride if you have been taking lessons for two years, and you should be riding for your enjoyment and not for what anyone thinks of your ability. If YOU are unhappy with your progress start with a talk with your instructor and say they you did want to start off easy but now you are ready to work harder. Ask what you need to work on before you learn to canter. I think with seeing a change in your attitude that your instructor will be very helpful.

I am also thinking that some of the other students are probably very nice and it might be good for you to make some friends with a common interest. Everyone doesn't think it's about being better than someone else. Go to the next school show, have a good time and be excited for someone who has a good ride and wins. You may not have the ability yet that some of the others have but you can have good sportsmanship and be admired for that
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post #12 of 20 Old 04-06-2015, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the comments guys. I do only get to ride once a week (too expensive) also I technically only rode 10 times the first year (health issues) and technically the government pays for it ("therapy") so that's as many hours as I can get. I'm saving up so I can get more lessons though, and perhaps even work my way towards a horse.
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post #13 of 20 Old 04-07-2015, 01:51 AM
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I used to feel the same way.
I also have one lesson a week. And I often felt like the outsider in my lessons. I have ridden only one pony my entire life. And I am blessed to have been gifted him, and to have been so successful with him. In some ways, having and riding only him is amazing and great. But it has also held me back. I did not get experience riding other horses and honing in my skills to be an effective rider; on not just my own horse, but any horse I got on. Because I owned a horse I did not get lessons (cost balance). So when I started taking riding lessons on the little warmblood at my lesson barn the trainer had to start from scratch on me. Yes, it was a bit embarassing at first to be the oldest kid in the lesson and having trot lessons while the other girls did gymnastic lines and what-not. But I realized, my trainer was putting me in the same lessons as these girls because she saw promise in me. She thought by showing me what was ahead would drive me harder to try and achieve the goals I wanted. And she was right. 6 months of hard work later, that little warmblood and I are showing in Hunters against the same girls in my lessons. And at our last show we were High Point Champion!
I would encourage you to talk to those kids in your lessons. Ask questions, learn what you can from them and see if you can apply it to your riding and have it make sense.
I wish you all the best of luck!
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post #14 of 20 Old 04-07-2015, 11:19 AM
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Thanks for all the comments guys. I do only get to ride once a week (too expensive) also I technically only rode 10 times the first year (health issues) and technically the government pays for it ("therapy") so that's as many hours as I can get. I'm saving up so I can get more lessons though, and perhaps even work my way towards a horse.
Thanks for providing a bit of background about yourself. It makes it much more obvious to the rest of us that you are not far behind given the amount of riding that you actually have had.

You might also want to think about helping out at the stable in exchange for more riding time. If the management is agreeable to it there is always work like cleaning stalls and scrubbing water buckets. A lot of us have had to start out this way.
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post #15 of 20 Old 04-07-2015, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for providing a bit of background about yourself. It makes it much more obvious to the rest of us that you are not far behind given the amount of riding that you actually have had.

You might also want to think about helping out at the stable in exchange for more riding time. If the management is agreeable to it there is always work like cleaning stalls and scrubbing water buckets. A lot of us have had to start out this way.
I will definitely start working at a barn helping out one my health gets better! Unfortunately, nobody wants a wheelchair/crutch bound rider lol ;)!
Sadly, my current barn only has (literally!) 5 horses. 1 of which is a mini. They don't have any work for me!!
Do you have any tips for getting a job at a barn?? What is the etiquette, what jobs would I be expected to do, what's a fair "trade" (_hours of work for _ hours of riding)??
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I will definitely start working at a barn helping out one my health gets better! Unfortunately, nobody wants a wheelchair/crutch bound rider lol ;)!
Sadly, my current barn only has (literally!) 5 horses. 1 of which is a mini. They don't have any work for me!!
Do you have any tips for getting a job at a barn?? What is the etiquette, what jobs would I be expected to do, what's a fair "trade" (_hours of work for _ hours of riding)??
Unfortunately being stable help is not a high paid job so I would say about minimum wage. X number of hours equaling the amount that they charge for a lesson. When you don't have any experience, you need to obtain some before you can even apply for a job. When you are ready, I would start right at the barn you ride at and offer to work for free just helping out. Giving up an hour or two of your time now and then just for the experience won't hurt. Even with 5 horses free help might be appealing to the barn owner. When you are confident at feeding, watering, turn out, and
stall cleaning you can apply anywhere and expect a fair compensation.
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post #17 of 20 Old 04-08-2015, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Minimum wage is around $11.00 here, and lessons are $45 for half an hour, so around 9 hours :( . Plus, I have to wait until my health gets better, and we have no idea when that is. Sorry, I forgot to add, I already asked the barn owner if they needed some help once my health gets better and they said no. They already have 3 girls working almost full time there. I'm thinking about working at a barn where one of my friends ride. The only problem is, I don't have a car, so I have to take a bus (live in a really rural area), and it takes around 1 1/2 hours to get there. I'm sure it will be worth it though :)
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post #18 of 20 Old 04-08-2015, 12:31 PM
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I know that it is very hard to look past "the other girls" but it is necessary. They probably do not think you are a bad rider or slowly progressing. People always make stuff up in their mind, from fear. If you can not afford to get out and ride more often, then work on other skills. Watch videos from shows, clinics, ect. Take lessons out of everything. You can work on gaining your leg and core muscles by doing basic exercises every morning. When your not riding, educate your self about horses. I have always been told, "If you want to progress in something, your going to have to do more than the actual activity your trying to progress in." In other words, to progress in riding you have have to expand your horizons and do other things to get were you wanna be. If you ever wanna talk, feel free to PM me.
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post #19 of 20 Old 04-08-2015, 06:24 PM
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Maybe once you have enough to pay for lessons you should look around to see if any places offer cheaper lessons. Group lessons are often half the price or go twice as long.
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 01:19 PM
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Red face Are You Enjoying This?

If you truly enjoy riding, it shouldn't matter what people think about your riding. Honestly, I know that is the hardest thing to do but someday, you'll realize that their opinions don't matter. Also, if you feel insecure about your riding and EQ, just try your very best at lessons and go on Youtube and look up things you want to improve.
But honestly, if none of that works, I would consider going to a new barn. If you don't feel comfortable there, then go somewhere else. I did it and now I'm SO happy.
You just need to become comfortable with yourself and focus on what YOU have accomplished. Don't worry about them. They are accomplishing their own things and so are you.
Just don't let a few girls ruin your riding experience.
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