Riding lessons are taught by rider/instructor and judge of 35 years with show ring expedience in all English, (including saddle seat) Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Western and driving. For private/semi-private lessons, riders must be in lesson horse lease program, or own their own horse.
We aim to help riders develop a more complete understanding of horsemanship.
Our riding lessons are fun and challenging, with the aim of keeping both rider and their mount's engaged and learning. In these lessons, riders will participate in riding bareback, learning to drive a horse/donkey cart, cattle penning, fun games, cross poles, proper handling of a horse on the ground, trail rides, and theory. The lessons cover horsemanship, care and needs of the horse, understanding horse behavior, and reading a horse's body language.
These skills aid a rider to go on to own their own horse as a knowledgeable and responsible owner, OR to go on to show competitively with their own horse (or a leased lesson horse).
Offered for riders that have completed advanced beginner class. Riders must be able to walk, trot, and canter comfortably. Riders are required to know the right diagonal at the trot, how to pick up a canter lead, the 5 basic riding aids, and display competence in their riding abilities.
Western lessons cover a variety of topics that include neck reining, roll-backs, barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, western pleasure and equitation, and more.
Offered only to riders that can jump 2 feet comfortably and display the ability to comfortably walk, trot, and canter. Riders should be able to canter a 2 foot jump course. Every week riders do different exercises including grids, skinny jumps, water, jumping up/down slopes, courses
Dressage: Offered to riders that can comfortably walk, trot, and canter and understand the correct diagonal at a trot and how to pick up the correct canter lead. Riders are taught how to bend their horse the correct way and work on lateral movements - leg yield, side pass, turn on the forehand/haunches - as well as lead changes - simple and flying - and complete simple dressage tests. Perfect for riders that want to explore the world of dressage, solidify their riding skills, or learn how to better use their body to direct the horse.
Riding Lessons are great for your health: mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Working with horses helps riders learn to control their own emotions, and build self esteem and confidence through working with a large animal. Lessons that involve trotting and cantering are great cardio exercises, as they stimulate the circulatory and respiratory systems. The rising trot also works the abs, lower back, quads, and calves, all the while having fun riding!! While you are riding, repeated movements, or patterned movements used to control the horse sharpen reflexes as well. Even at a walk, your muscles relax and contract to maintain balance, therefore strengthening your core muscles.
Horses are great mirrors and every animal has a different personality, presenting challenges to each rider. We believe in pushing boundaries and expanding our comfort zones - you will carry these skills with you for the rest of your life! Overcoming fear and anxiety, perseverance, problem solving, patience, responsibility, decisiveness, and building trust and confidence are some examples of skills you will develop!