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Helga1980

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Thinking of going to one of the day courses at Talland.

Anyone been, are they worth the trip / money. I'm getting back into riding after an 18 month break to would be looking for general improvement rather than training in a specific discipline as it were.

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I used to have lessons there when I did university riding and found their lessions very good and their horses fab. Was a fair while ago and they have their new place now but I imagine that they would still be very good.
 

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I have been dabbling with the idea of going there for ages, just haven't quite gone round to it! I do know someone who trained there for a couple of years and he is a fantastic (dressage) rider. I think its definitely worth checking out from what I've heard.
 

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my mum went there for a few lessons and was not impressed.
she is much happier at the smaller but friendly Huntley (has been a customer for 15 years now, so must be happy!)
 

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I live not too far from Talland. I never rode there but my friend used to have lessons there before it moved, & she left because they basically had two lessons going on in one school all the time, it was quite a large school, but basically one lesson were going round a 20m circle covering one half, the other lesson on the other half. Once a horse got spooked and about 10 horses were galloping round, most riders falling off, she hurt herself (not major but minor) and never went back. Also, her instructor was chinese or something, and didnt speak english very well, so it was a complete waste of money for her. But its got a super reputation, that was a few years ago, it may have changed. But i prefer the smaller riding school, with a friendlier yard
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I had a lesson on a schoolmaster at the same time as treating my friend to one for her birthday. I didn't think I'd had a particularly great lesson but amazingly something I'd had problems with all my life (my hands and fixed wrists) just suddenly clicked when the instructor shouted I looked like I was pushing a Tesco trolley. That simple visual did it for me and my hands and contact has been great since. When I came back and had a lesson on my own horse we had a major turning point and I can only put it down to that 45 minutes at Talland and a different instructor just putting things a different way. I would love to go back and hope to spend a few days there next spring with my own horse and to have more lessons on their schoolmasters.
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I used to ride there a few years ago and i was the same as what Nia described. There was 2 lessons going on at the same time. You walked in there got told to get on a horse then when the lesson was finished you just got off and left. I would prefer to look after the horse after riding it, which was what i got at Hulberts Green Riding Centre after i left Talland.
I've heard it's got a very good reputation now though so it could have changed alot, who knows?
 

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We went there just recently and were really really impressed. We were very nervous as we're very informal riders and hadn't been to a big yard for years, but they put us at our ease and the lesson was really really good - we learnt loads.

Yes there were other people in the school at the time but the school was enormous so it really didn't affect us. Even the third we were using was bigger than the school I use at home.

They come thoroughly recommended from me
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