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Due to my job, I don't live near enough to a good H/J barn to board there. I keep my two horses at a little-bit-of-everything barn, and work mostly on my own. I trailer to my coach's barn 1-2 times a month and meet up with him at shows, where I usually also get a lesson on non-show days. I do my homework between lessons, and I try to alternate which horse I take to the lesson. I'd love to be in a program, and have 2-3 lessons a week, and pro schooling rides on my horses, but that's not feasible for me at this time. I only show the AO Hunters at the smaller A shows, and I know that if I ever wanted to be *really* competitive at top levels, I'd have to in a serious program. sigh.
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I get three lessons a week. This works for me because I am a newer rider and still learning a lot. I need the practice, so its definitely for me versus the horse. Depending on what week it is, I will also hack on my own 1-2 times. Again, this is more for me because I am no where near the skill level of being able to train my own horse! So she also gets at least one training ride a week from a pro to help keep her tuned up.
Thank you, everyone. I think I'm going to increase my lessons to 2 per week. I have had bad experiences with lessons in the past (trainers that belittle, don't know what they are doing, etc.) so I'm more than a little nervous/anxious. However, hearing how others look forward to their lessons make me think that maybe it could be me My current instructor has never done anything to make me nervous or doubt her ability, so I need to get rid of some of the luggage.
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I normally do one a week, but that is a cost issue. When I have extra money or credit, I will do two. That allows me to have one jump school and one dressage school and I feel like I really progress. I would like to get to where I have two lessons at least every other week, but finances are not quite in place for that yet.
As far as having time to work between, when I do a clinic with one of the BNTs I sometimes visit, and I can afford it, I do two back-to-back lessons. That allows me to put what I learned in the first lesson to use right away with someone catching me if I do it wrong. It really helps the lesson to "take" better than if I do one on my own, practice for a while and come back. It often takes until the end of the first clinic to really get the "ahah!" moment so having an immediate follow up is invaluable for giving me the chance to implement what I learned, incorporate it into my ride and hopefully take it to the next level before going off on my own (by which I mean 1or2x weekly with my regular trainer) for a couple months.
We lesson 3x per week (one of these is always a dressage type lesson). The barn I'm at has a lesson plan, (which is 3 lessons a week) and you basically get a discount on lesson price if you decide to go this route.
Currently though, I'm on 4 times but this is because I'm on my greenie in the 3 lesson program and am jumping a seasoned horse just to keep MY jumping legs!! I also have my greenie in training with a trainer, so he gets 2 rides with her.
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Now, I adore lessons, but I do believe it is critical that you get a chance to do it on your own so you truly understand it, not just getting good rides because you listen well to your instructor's excellently timed input
Well said and so true. OP didn't mention how long they have been riding so while I wouldn't advise this to a brand new beginner, it is really important to get some time in the saddle where you can just try to figure things out on your own. So how many lessons a week would depend how often you ride. When I was riding 5-6 days a week, I was taking lessons 2x a week. Otherwise 1 lesson a week out of 2-3 rides.
I try to take about 2 lessons a week. Sometimes I will end up taking 3-4 half lessons a week, if my horse for some reason needs to do a little bit of jumping or something nearly everyday for some reason. But overall I try for 2 lessons a week. Some trainers like to be more involved in the flatwork of their riders then still want to jump 2 times a week so have 3-4 lessons a week. Some like to school horses so have less lessons and more rides. I try to never have a pro ride my horse unless I am out of town, as I like training and schooling my own horses.