How long does it take?

A few months ago I went with some friends to take a lesson on my horse with their instructor. I believe that with most things, but especially horses, you can never stop learning.

I jumped at the opportunity for myself and my young horse to take a lesson with a new instructor to give us both some new tools to be a better team. When we got back to the Equestrian Center one of our young boarders asked me where I had been. When I told her I was having a riding lesson, she said, “But you’re a grownup, why are you still taking lessons?”

I explained that I have a young horse and she has a lot to learn but that I also want to always keep learning and becoming a better rider. She seemed a little disappointed, and I remember when I was a young rider thinking that I couldn’t wait until I grew up and knew everything about horses.

I quickly realized that that it takes a lot of time and effort to be a great rider. I found this great blog post that talks about how long it takes to learn to ride a horse and thought it would be a great one to share with you.


It’s a question that most riding instructors have had to answer. There’s a simple, one size fits all answer, but it brings to mind a plethora of questions. And answering a question with a question is purely annoying to the questioner.

The basic answer is, “Well, it depends on what you want to do.” And this is true….GO TO THE STORY

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