Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
1. How do they handle cancellations? yours? theirs? weather?
2. Do they have an indoor riding arena ?
3. Does someone else groom and tack up the horse, or do you? if you...is that considered part of the lesson time ? I took lessons where the 1 hour lesson ended up chopped down to 30 mins because I had to groom and tack up --approx 15 mins, then untack and groom after the lesson--approx 15 mins.. It's great to learn those things, but it shouldln't be considered part of a one hour riding lesson, imho. Fine to plan on that for a whole lesson, or part of a lesson, but not regularly infringing on the riding time.
4. (speaking of grooming & tacking) You need to decide if general horsecare or horsemanship (groundwork) is part of what you want to learn in addition to riding. I recommend it!
5. Is it a show barn where lessons are geared toward the student being able to show? or a regular barn where a student is taught general riding
eg. my sister lessons at a show barn where she is taught saddleseat, which to me isnt at all practical for say,,,trail riding...also I don't understand how that is a balanced seat...sorry if I've offended anyone !
6. Make sure you will have the option to ride English and/or Western , and the option to switch if you decide later
7. While auditing some lessons, tune into how the students are 'sitting',,study up and read some of TxHorseman's posts to understand what to look for,,,are they teaching the students to have ear/shoulder/hip/heel in alignment?
That's all I can think of right now.
Good luck!! You'll love it.
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli