If you typically take private lessons, the idea of taking a group riding lesson might seem odd. But hear me out. There are actually a number of reasons why you should consider taking a group lesson. Here’s why.
Learn From Other Riders
Taking a group lesson gives you a chance to see other riders and to learn from them. Having a number of riders in a group generally means that you’ll have a chance to watch them perform certain skills a number of times over. By observing what they do well and what doesn’t go so well, you can learn from the other riders.
Learn New Advice From Your Instructor
Listen carefully to all of the comments that your instructor makes during a group lesson, even if they aren’t directed at you. Hearing your instructor correct and help another rider improve can help you to apply the same advice to your riding if you run into a similar issue. Plus, it’s always helpful to have as much riding knowledge as possible. Absorb as much information and advice as you can.
Learn How to Ride in a Crowd
It’s important to ride in a group from time to time, especially if you have hopes of entering the show ring. When you’re riding in a group lesson, you have to concentrate on riding safely amongst other riders and horses. This is excellent practice for a crowded show or warm-up ring, and the more group lessons you take the better you’ll become at anticipating where other horses and riders are headed.
One of the benefits of taking an occasional group lesson is that, chances are, you will be in a group with someone who is more skilled than you in a particular area. Whether it’s an independent seat or excellent position over a fence, seeing other riders in action can motivate you to improve until you achieve their same levels.
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The last reason you should take a group lesson? To have a little fun. Yes, it’s great to work hard during your private lessons and have your instructor’s attention fully on you, but riding with a group creates a different atmosphere which is also important to experience. A group brings a bit of fun to your lesson, and can be a refreshing change from your weekly private lessons.
So, get some friends together, talk with your trainer, and schedule a group lessons soon!