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post #1 of 6 Old 04-12-2015, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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What to look for in a stables?

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I recently found a nice farm (looking at the website) where they offer english jumper lessons.. I am going to send them an email soon and visit their farm if everything goes well. What are some things that are key to a good stables / farm and what should I look for that puts up red flags?

( I don't know much about horses / most farm animals which is the main reason I'm a bit nervous, so I'm not sure if some things are wrong what they are doing .. but I should know if they are underweight or need a farrier / groomer job or something )

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go watch some lessons. watch the trainer. does he/she yell and scream? are there kids upset and crying? people walking around angry or scowls and frowns?
Are the horses fat ? shiny coats , feet look good ?
Is it clean or run down ? piles of manure ? Clean restrooms ?
Trainer : shown ? what level ? can you check on this ? Reputation in the community ? Go ask at a tack store .
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Stevenson has offered some important tips. I would look for a sense of order and organization when it comes to the lessons. Ask what the actual amount of riding time should be and see if the students are actually getting that. Some stables offer a one hour lesson but twenty minutes or more can be taken up with getting your horse ready and untacking and grooming afterwards. The ground work is good experience but another stable might expect you to be there at least fifteen minutes early to get your horse ready and give you a full hour of riding time. Group lessons are fine as long as they are small enough that the students can get enough individual attention. Lesson horses are not always the fanciest looking horses but they need to know their job. Even a beginner rider should not be constantly fighting with a horse just to keep it walking along the rail. The instructor, besides being qualified to teach good horsemanship needs to be someone that you feel you can work with. I would also suggest visiting more than one stable so you can make a comparison. It might also be a good idea to schedule one private lesson before committing yourself. If you are considering taking group lessons this will also help the instructor find a spot for you with others of the same ability.
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Stevenson has offered some important tips. I would look for a sense of order and organization when it comes to the lessons. Ask what the actual amount of riding time should be and see if the students are actually getting that. Some stables offer a one hour lesson but twenty minutes or more can be taken up with getting your horse ready and untacking and grooming afterwards. The ground work is good experience but another stable might expect you to be there at least fifteen minutes early to get your horse ready and give you a full hour of riding time. Group lessons are fine as long as they are small enough that the students can get enough individual attention. Lesson horses are not always the fanciest looking horses but they need to know their job. Even a beginner rider should not be constantly fighting with a horse just to keep it walking along the rail. The instructor, besides being qualified to teach good horsemanship needs to be someone that you feel you can work with. I would also suggest visiting more than one stable so you can make a comparison. It might also be a good idea to schedule one private lesson before committing yourself. If you are considering taking group lessons this will also help the instructor find a spot for you with others of the same ability.
Thank you! They only limit the group lesson sizes to 5 riders, does this seem ideal? And yes, the private lesson is a good idea! They do a one time evaluation lesson (They don't have much information on this, is this usually where they get to know you and teaches you basic things like tacking up or grooming and getting ready to ride? I'm going to send them an email soon to get to know everything )

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go watch some lessons. watch the trainer. does he/she yell and scream? are there kids upset and crying? people walking around angry or scowls and frowns?
Are the horses fat ? shiny coats , feet look good ?
Is it clean or run down ? piles of manure ? Clean restrooms ?
Trainer : shown ? what level ? can you check on this ? Reputation in the community ? Go ask at a tack store .
Thank you for the important tips! :)

Also, a lot of other stables have indoor arenas, but I would not like to go to those places.. the one I'm looking at does not have an indoor arena. If one does not have a indoor arena does it make it not good?

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Not having an indoor arena doesn't necessarily make it worse, however many places have both which can be good in all weather conditions, so if a yard has an indoor AND outdoor arena I would definitely see that as a positive
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