Please move if this doesn’t belong here. It’s not related to any specific discipline so I wasn’t sure which forum to post in.
So, quick run through based off my first topic posted on COTH in October: experienced adult rider out of the saddle for a handful of years because became ill/horse died/had a double organ transplant/in recovery from said major surgery.
I’m at the point where I’d like to get back into the saddle by spring as I got approval from my surgeon, but also got the go ahead in regard to handling stuff like spores and dust in barns and arenas.
Where I live now, there aren’t very many options for riding lessons so it isn’t like I can try out one place and move to another easily. I’m focused on a hunter/jumper farm (not exactly H/J specific, more generalist these days, but that is their main area) with which I’m familiar.
Not owning my own horse at the moment, that means riding a schoolie, which I don’t mind. A moon or so ago I schooled rambunctious schoolies-in-training when my crackadoodle mare was on stall rest.
Just looking around the social media of the barn these days, I feel like ancient space junk. Most people that ride (and own) could be my children if I was a young teen mom. They don’t seem to have their adult program anymore. I completely understand that youth is where the market is here, but the fire in my belly to ride again sorta died.
There does not seem to be the same value in a private lesson either. I would gladly pay the higher fees for a private lesson, but for 1/2 hour, it often feels like nothing gets done. Warm up, some exercises, cool down, done. So, it seems like I will just have to bit the bullet for a group lesson. Kinda feel like a dinosaur at the thought.
The lesson coordinator offers to interview prospective students about past experience to place them with a suitable instructor and school horse. That’s great. I hope it doesn’t seem too pushy to specifically ask to ride different sorts of horses to “get the feel” again as I will be in the market for a new horse once comfortable back in the saddle again?!
Does anyone have any advice on how they would manage such a situation? (Being an adult riding with eye rolling teenagers.) Sorry this feels so whiny but I truly do feel like a fish out of water. Please be kind!