• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Questions to ask a lesson barn / Tips

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Questions to ask a lesson barn / Tips

    A friend of mine is signing up for horseback riding lessons (English lessons, adult rider: late 20s). I haven't taken lessons in so long that I gave her SOME ideas, but didn't know what else to have her ask/look out for when she visits the barns in her area (Gwinnett county, Georgia in case anyone is wondering).

    Can you guys help me out with some questions to ask/things to look out for?

    One thing I told her is to look for a lesson barn that also teaches horsemanship along with riding (ground handling, grooming, etc.) and not just a place that has the horses "ready to ride" when you get there.

    I also told her not to run out to the nearest store she finds that sells horse items buying things the instructor says. I told her that, with everything else in the world, there are bargains to be found.....even locally.

  • #2
    I think the best thing to do is go for a lesson, see if you like the facility/horses/instructors. Try out a few places and see how things go.

    I think the things to look out for are just things that are going to make you're skin crawl. If the horses don't look healthy or the owner/instructor seems disorganized, RUN!
    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
    Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
    Need You Now Equine

    Comment


    • #3
      If she's very very new, give her some idea what a happy, healthy horse looks like. When she visits the barn, she should either watch a lesson or ask to see a school horse or two. If they don't look happy and healthy, run away.

      Any way you or another knowledgeable pal could accompany her to visit some barns?
      Fun equestrian t-shirts designed by a rider like you:
      http://skreened.com/laughinglion

      Comment


      • #4
        Oy, I've tried out a lot of barns as a beginner adult rider and I agree that its important to check out the instructors teaching style before signing up. Not a lot of places cater to adults and I've found that they either a)treat me like a kid or b)ignore me. Fortunately, I've since found two barns that are really great! However it was through a lot of trial and error. I basically drove out to a lot of barns, took a few lessons, and determined if I clicked with the instructor. Also, have her make it clear from the beginning what her goals are.

        And make sure they have an adequate bunch of school horses, some places I've seen have a whole bunch of ponies and as a larger adult, that just didn't cut it! Its also important to make sure the facility looks clean and well run.

        Comment


        • #5
          Other than the things that have already been mentioned such as the condition of the facility, the horses, and clicking with the instructor, I would also make sure to ask about lesson times. Most bigger barns are fine, but some smaller barns have prohibitive hours for those who work full-time. (ie. aren't open most evenings, or late evenings).

          Comment


          • #6
            Go with her and check out the training/quality of the school horses. Boy, the things I've seen...

            Comment

            • Original Poster

              #7
              Unfortunately, she is a teacher and is off for the Summer so can run around and do errands during the day.

              She went to a barn today and went ahead and signed up for lessons. I work full time so did not accompany her.

              She's very new to riding, but she knows what healthy horses look like even healthy hooves, etc.

              She had showed me one riding stable's website a couple of months ago, and if she chose that one, I think (based on photos from the website, that is) she will be okay there.

              Comment


              • #8
                Watch out for unnecessary or cruel criticism. Make sure the environment is positive (and you can tell by the way the horses look and the way the students act). Also watch out for students who are progressing too slowly or too quickly as you don't want to spend the next year posting the trot and never cantering or jumping 2' on your third lesson. People fall off but if people are falling off quite frequently, that should also be a red flag.

                Unfortunately, you have to just watch and see. Overly confident trainers who say their students go from beginning WT to showing over fences in three months makes my ears prick.

                I would recommend buying at minimum a pair of paddock boots that fit and a well-fitted helmet. Both are safety precautions and cheap when you face yourself with the alternative (foot stuck in stirrup or helmet coming off in a fall...or both). Also make sure that the tack they use on the horses is properly fitted and that the girth isn't hanging on by a thread.

                If your gut tells you that something isn't right, then it probably isn't.
                HorseStableReview.com - Tell others what you know! Post your barn or review today.

                Comment


                • #9
                  You might want to have her find out how many lessons with different instructors are taking place at the same time over the same course of fences. There is a local lesson barn around here who has 2+ instructors teaching in the same indoor over the same course during prime time hours. How anyone learns anything or doesn't get killed is beyond me.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Definitely watch a lesson and talk to other students. You can tell a lot about a trainer's teaching style from watching a lesson and get a sense of the barn atmosphere from talking to other clients. Some barns will allow a free introductory lesson, so asking if they would be willing to provide that is a good idea as well. Take a look at the school horses and see how well they are cared for. Many school horses can get overworked and sour so being at a barn with happy horses is important.
                    www.justworldinternational.org

                    Comment

                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      She sent me the website on the barn she chose, and I have heard good things about them. They are active in the community and welcome visitors (even those who show up without calling first......during barn hours).

                      I got her fitted with a schooling helmet and some boots for now (she's taking western lessons).

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Just an update for you guys.

                        My friend is doing well. She started out doing two western riding lessons (as that is what she grew up riding), but then she and her instructor made the decision to switch to English riding instead (I told her, "welcome to the dark side" ) She is really enjoying it, loves her instructor and got to see someone ride a Paso Fino the other day. She's hooked.

                        Can anyone give me some GOOD beginner/refresher books I can suggest to her? She got one book, and she said it seemed good, but when she read some things out of it to me, they were incorrect - lol.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Centered Riding and Hunter Seat Equitation are my two favorites - they encompass pretty much all levels of riding, IMO

                          Comment

                          • Original Poster

                            #14
                            Cool - she got something like "How to make the most out of your horseback riding lesson," and for the most part, it seems like a good book except there's one part about leg yielding that says, "if you want to move a horse to the right, apply pressure with your right leg."

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              It's so refreshing to see some of the posts here! I run a primarily all adult lesson program, because I live in an area surrounded by farms that are overrun with kids. I know as an adult I try to make my barn and lessons fun, quiet, encouraging, confidence building and stress free. Nothing against kids, and I don't turn them away, but I do state up front that I cater to adult riders and their unique needs.

                              Good luck to your friend & kudos to you for helping her!
                              "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                For anyone starting out on the dark side (english), adults included, I would recommend reading the pony club manual - it just explains so much for both horse care and proper riding technique/aids.

                                Comment

                                • Original Poster

                                  #17
                                  Donkey -

                                  I hadn't thought about that. I will buy her a copy

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    I have read the pony club manual so many times it's falling apart (even with my little butterfly stickers still on it, I've had it a LONG time) - it is an excellent resource! I still learn things when I pick it up.

                                    I wouldn't overwhelm her with too much reading though, I really feel horseback riding is a sport where too much is writen and not enough is done, you must learn by doing!
                                    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                                    Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
                                    Need You Now Equine

                                    Comment

                                    Working...
                                    X