Should I take lessons? Yes or No?
Hey everyone, let’s talk lessons!
I just wanted to talk a little about horseback riding lessons either for first timers, those coming back from a break or even someone who owns their own horse. For those who have never taken a lesson on horseback before... This is a really fun and exciting activity that is not only healthy for you but is a very centering and exhilarating way to spend your time. Being around horses not only is calming but allows you to learn more about these amazing animals and how to build confidence and control while on horseback.
For those who have taken a break... Welcome back! There is no place we all would rather be then on the back of a horse or even just being in the presence of such amazing animals. It is definitely a challenge to relearn the basics and build our riding muscles back up...but it is worth it. No pain no gain! Right?! If your in this boat...please don’t be afraid to get back on the saddle. Horses are forgiving and forever giving of knowledge. For those who already own a horse... Taking lessons doesn’t mean you can’t ride or that you don’t know what your doing! Taking a lesson means your willing to learn and better yourself as a rider as well as training your horse. Sometimes having someone there to tell you that your horse is not responding cause you're lacking leg or they look sore, stiff, or off...that doesn’t mean you're wrong and don’t know what you are doing. It just means you have been riding without this realization. There are professionals out there, our Olympian’s, who have their coach present to underline their flaws and to help fix the problems. By taking lessons you are able to continue expanding upon your prior knowledge and build your confidence. I’ve been riding for 14 years and I still need lessons! It’s not wrong to seek advice while riding. In spirit of the winter Olympic Games just recently ending I feel athlete Jesse Owens 1936 track and field gold medalist quoted “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” Riding takes a lot of patience and time when learning. Taking that time to better yourself can only make you and your horse a stronger team and push you to excel in your riding career. Take that dream, make those goals and go for it! So say yes to lessons!
Whether it’s once a week or once a month. It’s a great way to stay in shape and a great way to improve both the outcome of both you and your horse in the show ring. It’s not a waste of time or money when positive results are being shown.
I hope this short little blog helped you come to a decision about taking a lesson. Don’t forget to check out our social media to keep up with the horse's daily care and lesson student's progression. Take care and happy riding!