Riding Lessons

Learning how to ride should be fun, safe and difficult. Yes, it takes a lot of time to be a good rider. There are no short-cuts. It's quality time in the saddle. Good horsemanship includes riding and learning the importance of proper horse care. Trust isn't just the horse trusting you, it's also you trusting the horse. Ground work, desensitization to "scary" objects, and positive riding are key to trust. Don't put your horse in a situation that is unsafe or that asks too much of them at their point of training. You can't go wrong if you follow these classic guiding principles of riding:

- rhythm

- looseness (relaxed and soft)

- contact and acceptance of the bit (I don't use draw reins, tie-downs or any  other device to force the horse into a position. Most times I don't even use a cavesson.)

- impulsion (push from behind, torque)

- straightness (this is achieved with lateral work exercises)

- collection - Collection is achieved only after the horse has mastered and        understood the aforementioned concepts.

English
Hunt seat, dressage, and eventing
  • lateral work
  • trotting poles and gymnastics
  • dressage test practice
  • stadium jumping
  • cross-country jumping

 

Jumping & Eventing

 

  • gallop cross country in balance

  • jump courses with confidence

  • establish correct pace for the situation

  • have a balanced two-point over any type of obstacle

  • dealing with refusals

Western 
  • versatility course work
  • trail essentials
  • dressage
  • walk, jog, lope
  • games: pole bending, barrel racing, etc.
  • reining patterns