How Many Lessons Versus Own Rides Should I Do Each Week?
Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss how many lessons versus riding alone should we do each week! What are your thoughts?
It’s essentially going to be different for each rider but this will provide you with some ideas and some reasons as to when you might need lessons and what for.
The first reason you might needs lessons is for visual feedback – the eyes on the ground to tell you when something looks wrong that you might not be able to detect yourself sitting on the horse.
The second reason to have lessons is because you don’t know how to fix something in your riding, you need to learn something
And the third reason you might need a lesson is to be pushed out of your comfort zone. You may know how to do everything, you just need help being better at what you are doing!
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Okay, so how many times should you have lessons and how many times should you practice is such a cool question and when I was learning how to ride, I was scared to make a mistake, scared to do the wrong thing. Literally didn’t know what I should be doing. Going around in literal circles doing nothing. So I only rode when I had lessons, when someone would stand in the middle of the arena and say, use your outside rein, ride more forward, do a serpentine, do a canter transition. I felt really comfortable doing that. I didn’t feel comfortable figuring out things on my own. But what that means is you never have the space, you never have the freedom and you never have the flexibility to figure things out on your own. So I actually was a good little rider. If I had someone in my brain, someone in my ear saying, do this, do this, do this, do this.
But I had no idea why I was doing this, this and this, and I had no idea what doing this and this would create, like what outcome I was looking to achieve and if it achieved outcome, I just hoped for the best. So it’s super, super important as a rider, get as many lessons as you can to give you the visual feedback.
So firstly, visual feedback. So I love having eyes on the ground. My husband, sometimes is my eyes on the ground because there’s one part to that, just eyes on the ground. Hey – your shoulders are leading. His poll’s not the highest point. It doesn’t look very energetic. That’s all fine. If he tells me any of those things, I have the skills to fix it.
You also may need lessons because if you’re doing a half pass and you don’t know how to do a half pass, and even if someone says to you, your half pass is quarters leading, you still have no idea how to fix it. No idea what aids you should be doing and no idea how to actually make it better.
So think about why you need a lesson.
Do you need a lesson to learn something?
Do you need a lesson to learn a strategy? How do I do a shoulder in? How do I do a walk-canter, how do I do a half pass? Whatever it is.
Well, do you need a lesson to be your eyes on the ground to say, “Hey, you’re dropping your shoulder again. “
“Hey, the horse is not in front of the leg again. “
“Hey, your horse is too forward, bring it back.”
Then you might need a lesson and eyes on the ground as well. And the third reason you might need a lesson is to be pushed out of your comfort zone.
So you may know how to do everything. The eyes on the ground say looks good and maybe you’re scoring 65%. So it’s all good, but you might get a lesson to just be like, hey, how do I get 85%? How do I get 90%? And that’s the lessons I’m investing in. I don’t think there’s anything I’m necessarily learning, probably learnt everything I need to learn, but the eyes on the ground and the hey, let’s take it from a 65%GRand Prix to an 85% Grand Prix or a 65% Prelim test to an 85% Preliminary. The highest score I have ever, ever received in any level was Novice with 73%. So I’m very well aware of my problems as a rider and my limits as a rider, because I only know how to get sevens. I really do. That’s all I know I had to get.
So I need to go and find the next level. How do I score an eight for this movement? How do I score nine for this movement? Because it’s not accuracy. I can do a half pass accurately and I can do it okay. That’s why I get a seven. But how do you turn it into an eight? How do you turn it into a nine? How do you turn it into a 10? So that’s my level of why I need lessons. So think about why you need the lessons and then ideally you want them as much as possible. But firstly, that’s not a reality for pretty much all of us, because we just can’t have a coach sit in our corner every time we ride. The other thing is, even if we did have a coach sit in the corner every time we ride, I really do think as a development, as a rider, you do need to have your own space.
You do need to figure things out on your own and therefore you can come back to your coach with questions going, hey, I was riding by myself and I tried to do that thing that you said I should do when I feel he does this and I did it and it didn’t get the same outcome. Which bit of the strategy do you think I’m missing? And apply like that. So you’d learn more and get more what you want. So trust that helps. Happy Riding. I will see you next week.