Sorry to hijack your thread!
I've been riding (hacking mostly, with the odd private lesson) sporadically for years but this has only been so because I live in the country and my parents have refused to take me to a riding stables because they are 'impossible to get to', and I actually can't get there by public transport. Anyway, there are some stables near my Uni so I want to go regularly, but I have a problem.
I haven't had regular lessons and skills-wise I am a beginner. All I have done so far, although it is also all that I have had the opportunity to do, is walk, trot and canter. I want to be a good rider and have no higher expectations than that.
My question is about riding classes. I want to learn as well as possible, and will be looking at beginners' classes. Do they have different levels of beginners' classes? I don't want to waste money by spending one term learning how to trot, for example, when it is something that I already know how to do. I hope this doesn't come across as arrogant because it is not meant to be, but having never been to a class I just don't know how they run.
Thank you in advance
Coss, I normally hack with instructors with a few other beginners. They weren't formal lessons but the instructors did advise us on faults or things they felt neccessary for us to know. Thanks for your help!
Has anyone else had very stormy weather where they are, we've had several power cuts. Lets hope it gets better as i'm meant to be ragwort picking today after is was postponed from yesterday.
Has anyone got any tips on lunging for me? Need to practice for my NVQ!
And first riding lesson in a month and a half on Sat.
Private so really going to push myself and do some scary jumps!
Thanks Coss and LouE3D.
Coss- your friend sounds like she was lucky! Was she wearing a body protector? I landed on hard ground as I was at a show. The waiting time for me was ridiculous too but I had to stay in for a few nights as well. I can't ride for six months! It's sooo frustrating!
Rosie's frogs are going really manky like all white and stuff. We've been putting this stuff on (can't quite remember the name). She has only just had the farrier and he said not to worry about it too much.
I've been trying to get my sisters to start riding her more regularly now. It's difficult though because they're not into it as much as me so don't have the same dediation to it if you know what I mean. The thing is Rosie is such an amazing pony and I know that if I had the chance to ride her and school her for abit we wouldn't have any trouble selling her at all as a showing pony, etc. But to be honest shes all over the place at the moment which makes it extra hard for me not to just jump on her and give her a ride lol
Friend was very lucky. She wasn't wearing a body protector but my instructor said that even if she had worn one it would have made no difference as body protectors don't come far enough down the back. She's on some hefty painkillers and i suspect she'd be really stiff. Haven't spoken to her but it sound like she winded herself and thats what got her most, rather than a bad back injury. I can't imagine how bad it must be not to ride for 6 months.