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  1. Lessons, Trainers, Schools, Clubs, Clinics
    Have online DIY-style lesson programs worked for anyone? Specifically dressage? Any that you'd recommend?
  2. Lessons, Trainers, Schools, Clubs, Clinics
    Hi there, I decided I wanted to start horseback riding about 6 months ago at the age of 29. I live in a semi rural area so we dont have a huge selection of barns. So far I'm on my 4th barn with no luck! I had 2 barns where the instructors no called no showed to my lessons. I had another barn...
  3. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Dear equestrian community, Why is there a perception in our equestrian community that "English Riding" is mainly a girls sport? How do we overcome this bias to get more boys /men to grow into this sport? This bias is less prevalent in the Western disciplines where participation appears...
  4. Lessons, Trainers, Schools, Clubs, Clinics
    Hi all. I have a general coaching question- I’ve been riding as an adult for a few years after a long break from pony club etc as a kid. I’ve been at the same barn on the same school horse. Recently my coach who is generally fantastic and competes herself in eventing, has begun riding her horses...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey everyone! I've recently started leasing a school horse mare at the barn where I ride. It's been a lot of fun so far, and I think it's finally starting to click for her that she has her own human. The question I want to ask is behavior-related; during lessons, we often stand still (as in...
  6. General Riding queries
    I have gone on three trail rides one of which included a half hour lesson. I can stop, steer, mount and dismount confidently. I am fairly good with trotting (posting) but have a little more trouble sitting trot although I don't hold onto the saddle while doing it. I surprised myself with finding...
  7. Show Jumping and using jumping in training
    I've been taking riding lessons for 10 months now, every other week up until about July when I started taking lessons every week. I've done lots of groundpoles and have jumped little crossrails three times now. Does anyone have any tips for a beginning jumper? I can walk/trot, and my cantering...
  8. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello everyone! I'm starting Western riding lessons tomorrow and was given a pair of paddock boots. I want to be able to use them, but don't want to be doing the wrong thing. Is this something I shouldn't do or does it really not matter?
  9. General Riding queries
    I've got another bit of a question for you guys. This time it involves working with a trainer/riding instructor. I have a riding instructor that I've been working with August and I literally have barely improved. So I'd just like a bit of an outside opinion on this since I've been thinking...
  10. Horse Talk
    Hello everyone! I am wanting to teach riding lessons. I am 17yrs old and have been riding for 7+ years consistently as well as competing for 1-2 years. (We owned horses and I rode when I was little but we had to sell and move to town for a short time). My mom and I work and train horses and we...
  11. General Riding queries
    My kids (ages 5 and 7) have been taking lessons beginner lessons over the summer. We likely won't be able to continue once school starts, but either way - I would like to help them practice at home. Does anyone have any tips? They ride English at the barn, but we do western at home. So far...
  12. General Riding queries
    Hi fellow horse lovers! I really need advice. I have taken the winer off from riding and am going to be starting it again in the spring. When I start riding again I will be riding at a different barn- this new barn offers lessons in both Western and English, whereas the one I went to previously...
  13. Horse Jobs Available & Seeking Positions
    Hello! I just started a job at a horse barn. Right now I only work for an hour and a half Saturday and Sunday for $9/hour. How much do you think I would need to work to pay for a lesson or two a week? Also, when should I bring up to my new boss if she would be willing to exchange lessons...
  14. General Riding queries
    I am in a bit of a conundrum. I want to start riding lessons, but have no idea what discipline or level I should start in, based on what experience I already have. Since certain barns only offer certain disciplines, I'm hoping to figure out what direction to go before selecting a place to begin...
  15. Horse Talk
    Hey everybody! Hope y'all are having a great day. I was talking with a friend the other day and the subject of how we got into horses came up. I was raised in a very rural/ ranching community, so I was raised on horses, and I was not in the minority when it came to that. I probably started...
  16. General Riding queries
    Please be kind...I have tons of riding experience, training horse experience, and even school teaching experience. It is not possible for professional lessons or any such. I have a very excited & energetic horse crazy 8 year old daughter. I just bought what I think is the perfect 13-2HH pony...
  17. Horse Talk
    I think most riders are asked, at some point, for advice from people looking for lesson barns. Usually it's friends or family who ask, in which case it's sometimes possible to refer them someplace local, but what do you do when they don't live nearby? How do you help people, parents especially...
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