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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2019, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ride Time

Hi--Just started taking horse riding lessons and the stables I'm taking lessons at only have them Spring and Fall. Their Fall season ends on beginning of November so that doesn't give me much ride time. Was wondering how I could go about getting more ride time? Should I go to other stables and take lessons there or do I look for trail rides or something? I don't really know how to go about it, but I'm really enjoying the lessons.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-16-2019, 04:52 PM
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I would look for another stable to take lessons. You can Google to find places near you, although IME you may need to look past the first page of results to find everything. You might also ask your current lesson barn if there is a place they recommend. You can just tell them that you enjoy the lessons you have had, but want to continue in the winter, so could they recommend anywhere.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-16-2019, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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I would look for another stable to take lessons. You can Google to find places near you, although IME you may need to look past the first page of results to find everything. You might also ask your current lesson barn if there is a place they recommend. You can just tell them that you enjoy the lessons you have had, but want to continue in the winter, so could they recommend anywhere.
That's kinda the problem. I've looked way past 10 pages of google for my area and I'm closer to the city so everything is a bit too far and too expensive compared to the one i go to now. Does it need to be lessons for the extra ride time or can it be trail rides? I was thinking of leasing for a while too but that might be way too expensive and way too early for me to pursue considering I just started. I'll take your advice on asking my instructor though. I'm sure she knows of other places I could go to. Thanks !
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-20-2019, 09:08 AM
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It's too early for leasing. Usually, the best way to get rides is through lessons, I don't know of any place that trusts people to just trail ride their horses without lessons. But don't know where you are, so I guess anything is possible. In looking for lessons, look for a place with an indoor, then you'll know they ride year-round.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-20-2019, 09:45 AM
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I was also about to say consider leasing but you just started. In moments like these, you might just have to roll with the punches (take as many lessons as you can). If you have transportation available maybe take a lesson at a different barn but not as often (for cost reasons). That way for the winter/summer months you're not just letting your riding muscles go into limbo. Do you have a job? If that's the case, it might be beneficial to save up during the 'off' months, and look for a lace that offers lessons year round' (see if they have lesson packages you can save up for).

I'm in a similar-ish conundrum myself actually!
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