The theoretical pros of this rule:
- No more group lessons clogging up the arena.
- No lesson riders needing the rail, the jump, the quarter line, etc, so potentially better arena flow
- Potentially fewer riders in the arena.
- Difficult for children to have lessons on weeknights, due to only later lesson slots
- People who are day shift workers (i.e. 9-5) will find it difficult to take weekday lessons
- Could produce a glut of weekend lessons, and 7PM weekday evening lessons.
- Could dissuade riders from continuing their equestrian education.
So my question is, could this rule be amended to better serve all members of the population? I am sure that if one or two nights a week, lessons were permitted, the strain on the weekends would be lessened. And maybe if certain types of lessons were permitted only in the small indoor, e.g., lead line and longe line lessons. Unleashing beginner children into a large busy arena is probably something that should be avoided at any cost anyways. Competent children who can negotiate traffic safely are a different matter.
I would like to hear of compromises, because I think many are out there. I think that everyone should be encouraged to ride with a trainer, and any policy that has the effect of making ignorance bliss should be adjusted accordingly.