Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Before you start asking potential instructors questions, I would start asking yourselves some.
What are your goals for riding? Do you just want to learn to ride so that you can enjoy it, potentially do a little show here or there, do some overnight trail adventures together, run barrels on weekends for some extra cash and fun or do you want to do things like dressage, hunter jumper etc.?
Depending upon your answers above, you will find that either Western or English riding fits you best to start with. Also, it will help determine what kind of atmosphere you want in your lessons and your barn.
Some places are really intense, lots of rules, many very competitive, but, often accomplished, horse people. Others are more casual and relaxed with knowlegable but less intensity, with a kind of “family” feel and many somewhere in between.
Some people do well when pushed to their physical and mental limits by an instructor, other people find that kind of instruction destroys their confidence.
Another thing you may find important if you decide that competition is not your thing, some instructors do a lot of showing with their students and can be out of town a lot. That means your lesson either often gets canceled or rescheduled for another time in the week.
Just a basic rundown. Hope it helps you get started.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer