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Get The Most Out Of Your Riding Lesson

Published by • Oct 24th, 2009 • Category: Guest Bloggers, Riding Advice

by Michelle, age 12

When you go for a riding lesson, you always want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Though many of us are lucky enough to have our own horse and endless riding time and lessons, a lot of us (including me) can only ride once or twice a week. These types of people still want to improve, but it is obviously harder. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of you lesson:

1.) After each lesson, write down the new things you learned in a notebook only dedicated to your ride. Many times when I ride my riding instructor tells us to do something, and half of the class remembers hearing something about it but doesn’t remember what it actually is. You can save yourself this stress by trying this tactic. A tip is to create a table of contents; it will make things easier to find if you ever need to go back to it!

2.) Ask questions while you’re riding. Why does this happen like this? Why does this horse do this if I do this? The possibilities are endless, and once you know the science behind what you do, you can begin to understand riding more, and begin to make educated guesses on how to do things. In other words, it would be real impressive to a riding instructor when he/she asks you to do something, and you can do it without asking for instructions.

3.) When you ride in a group lesson (for me this is nearly all the time), make sure you watch the other riders who are more experienced than you do their thing. Watching riding often aids your own, and is always a good idea. Are you the most experienced? Then maybe it’s time for you to switch lessons, to provide more of a challenge.

I hope these tips help, and feel free to post your own! This is only a sneak peek into the things you can do, so don’t hesitate to try something new!

13 Nickers »

  1. As soon as I saw there was going to be a blog about getting the most out of your riding lesson on the calender, I couldn’t wait. I only get to ride once a week for half an hour, so it’s kind of hard to get better. This blog really helped me and I love the idea of keeping a journal. I’m definitely going to do that.

    Another tip you could try is working at a your stable or a local stable near by for free riding time. That way you can practice your riding skills for free, plus you get to be around horses even more.

  2. Great blog! I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to ride 4-5 days a week, but I can tell you it took me a long time to get to that point!

  3. Champion blog Michelle! i loved it.. I think ill incoporate some of your ideas into my next english lesson! Good on ya.
    ~HF

  4. Cool nice blog :)

  5. Wow, I wish you would’ve written this blog when I was still doing riding lessons! Well done and very imformative, I loved it!

  6. great ideas! If I was ever lucky enough to have lessons I’d hang on every word the instructor says!

  7. Great tips! Next summer I’m going to look for a stable that will let me muck and work there for lessons. And I hope I’ll be able to do that and put your advice to work :-)

  8. Thanks guys(:

  9. I only have a lesson one day a week, and I feel just like this! I’m glad my teacher teaches all her students at different times, it’s just so much easier that way. My sister came with me and my mom yesterday to my lesson, and I wasn’t exactly distracted by my sister being there, (She has not come to a lesson before) but, I don’t know, I just couldn’t quite concentrate on Fancy, and telling her what to do. I know I was a terrible rider that day, poor Fancy, I was probably confusing her! I don’t mean to be rude, but it’d be easier if my sister didn’t come next time. I do want to ask more questions, but they are really stupid questions, and I’d rather not sound that way…I love this blog, it’s really helpful! Thank you for writing this ;)

  10. I’m so excited because in my in two lessons I’ll be learning to trot!!! Whew, I can’t wait!

  11. I’m definitely going to try writing stuff down! I just started taking lessons from a trainer who’s training “her/my” horse Gideon with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship methods, and there is so much to learn.

  12. Leadmare- i noticed in the nickers that you were riding in the New England Contry Side. How amazing.. you didnt get any pictures by chance did you? If so it would be nice to see them.
    ~HF

  13. Whoohoo!!! today’s my lesson :)